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Halse*s ten guinea Galvanic Apparatus, which has now become so 
celebrated, consists of twelve pairs of zinc and platinised silver plates, 
and a most complete regulating apparatus, with handles, wire, &c. The/ 
whole is contained in a neat mahogany box, about eighteen inches long/ 
eight inches wide, and seven inches high, and when in action it is an 
ornament to any drawing-room, and is, in short, perfection itself. The 
regulating apparatus — as complete as it is elegant — is so constructed 
that it will allow the quantity-current to pass through the body of the 
patient as well as the shock-current — a condition essentially necessary to 
make any apparatus of the least value as a curative agent. In addition 
to this the apparatus may be said to have at least a thousand gradations 
from the weakest to the strongest power, the power being regulated by a 
hand which revolves around a dial, and the slower the hand is turned, 
the more gradual is the increase of power. A patient under the influence 
of this apparatus, wishing an increase of power, would not receive this 
increase from a weak power to a strong one aU at once, hut very gradually. 
The nearest thing to compare it to is a screw entering a board : the 
slower you turn it, the more gradually does it enter the board. The 
sensation produced by the apparatus is so different from that produced 
by the usual sort of machines sold, that instead of being painful, it is, in 
the opinion of most invalids, pleasant ; indeed so pleasant, that many 
parties have purchased them simply because they liked the sensation. 

Halse's Apparatus, price £6 10s, is about half the size of the above. 
It consists of four pairs of platinised silver and zinc plates, and the same 
Regulating Apparatus, handles, &c., as he supplies with his ten guinea | 
Apparatus. Each apparatus is constructed on so simple a principle that 
the most unscientific will not have the least difficulty in using it, and 
every necessary instruction is sent with each apparatus, both as regards 
putting it into action and medical advice how to apply it in various 
complaints. Patients in the country, therefore, need not put themselves 
to the expense and inconvenience of a journey to London, as they can 
galvanise themselves by means of the above apparatus at their own 
residences and with perfect safety, the power of it being regulated with, 
such ease and accuracy that an infant might be galvanised with it,i 
without causing it to cry. This, of course, refers to the weakest power 
of the apparatus; but the strongest power of it is such as to put a 
paralysed limb into violent action. The most timid need not be afraid oij 
using it, as the power of it is entirely under command. 

Any person who may wish to be supplied with "Halse's Galvanic 

Apparatus" must remit the amount at the time the order is given 

Post-office orders to be made payable at the Kensington Post-office, to 


Warwick Lodge, No. 40, Addison Road, Kensington. London 

N.B. — Mr Halse does not supply invalids with any other priced 
apparatus. There is not the least fear of damage by carriage, as Mr. H 
is in the habit of sending them to all parts of the world. 

Terms. — Two guineas a week. Attendance half-an-hour each day 
from 10 to 4 o'clock : Saturdays, 10 to 1 o'clock. An experienced female 
in attendance to wait upon ladies. No attendance on Sundays. 
Ladies Galvanise^ at their own Residences. 

Mr Halse has arranged to Bend a nurse of 30 years' eicperience U 
Galvanise Ladies at their own ijcsidences. Terms on application^ 

Wm. h. halse on medical galvanism. 





Extract from Dr Harthill's letter, published in the "Lancet" of 
iS'ovember 21, 1863. 

" I find Halse's Gralvanic Apparatus suitable tc the most timid and nervous patient, and 
vastly superior to those in cominon use. In Sciatica and many forms of rheumatism, I 
have'found this apparatus to be very successful." 


The above extract is from a letter written by a physician of Glasgow. 
At the time of its appearance, many medical men threw aside the cheap 
form of apparatus they had been using, and used mine instead. They 
soon discovered that the effect of mine was to soothe and cure the patient, 
whilst the effect of the others was to irritate and make him worse. 

It is now about forty years since I commenced practice as a Medical 
Oalvanist in London, I having previously practised for several years in 

My success has been beyond my utmost expectation, and the cnre^j I 
have effected, both at my own residence and at the residences of invalids, 
by means of my machines, are, I believe, well known all over the United 
Kingdom, my patients having been from the highest members of 
England's aristocracy to the humble working mechanic. 

When I first commenced in London, it may be well supposed I had 
nothing but uphill work, for scarcely a single medical man in the metro- 
polis was in favour of Galvanism, but on the contrary all were opposed 
to it, and ridiculed the idea of their patients resorting to anything else 
but their pills and mixtures. How does the case now stand? Just as I 
predicted it would. Galvanism has been studied by the profession, 


NUMBER OF THEM. I hope SOQU to SCO the remaining portion of the 
medical profession follow such a laudable example, for they may rest 
lassured it wants but a fair experimental inquiry into its properties to 
•convince them, that it is, as a curative agent, superior to most other 
•remedies. To give it a fair trial, however, they must use an apparatus 
so constructed as to allow the quantity current to pass through the body 

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of the patient as well as the shoch current; and in order to do this^ the* 
apparatus must consist of several pairs of plates, and only one coil of wire, 
and that coil so arranged that the wires connected with its ends shall 
decompose water into its two gases, oxygen and hydrogen, without the 
vibrating spring being in action at all. In other words, the current must 
2>as3 quite independently of any vibrations or shochs. Another great 
advantage in all perfect galvanic machines is, that the vibrations or 
shocks should be very easily regulated, that the weakest, power should be 
so gentle that the eye may be galvanised without the least pairi, while 
the strongest power should be capable of putting into violent action a 
paralysed limb, and that hetiveen these extremes there should he hundreds 
of gradations. In my machines all the above advantages exist; aiici. 
although I have had other sorts brought to me, I have never yet seen 
a,ny with the above-named advantages combined, nor d j I believe there 
are any made, with the exception of my own. It is true the price of my 
batteries is high; hut there is the money's worth. 

It is such an apparatus, I say, that the medical man should use who 
desires to give Galvanism a fair trial. 

Frequently parties come to me with complaints of ^ many years' 
standing, and i| they don't find any benefit in a week or fortnight, they 
get tired of it and fiy to something else, which they try equally, long. 
Such persons never derive benefit from any treatment. 

If invalids would resort to Galvanism in the first instance, instead of 
ruining their stomachs with mercury and drastic purgatives, I assure 
them they would be quite astonished at the speedy beneficial effects of 
this powerful agent. Why, if I were not to make above one-twentieth 
part the cures that I do, still Galvanism would be a great remedial 
agent ; for it must be remembered that invalids try everything before 
they apply to me. 

In the generality of cases, I find that Galvanism shows its beneficial 
effects in three or four weeks, although in some very stubborn cases I 
have applied it for three or four months before any very decided 
improvement has been noticed, and then the recovery takes place 
rapidly. My advice to invalids is, therefore, not to commence Galvanism 
if they are not prepared to give it at least one month's trial, unless it be 
a very recent case, when one week may be sufficient. I state this that 
parties may save both their money and time. 

The extensive practice I have had as a Medical Galv?,nist for the last 
' thirty-five years emboldens me to say, that if Galvanism can cure any 
one, I can perform that cure. I sa.y this with the greater confidence, from 
i.he fact that I have had scores of patients who have been galvanised by 
other practitioners without the least benefit, and whose complaints have 
completely yielded to my treatment with my efficient apparatus. Is 
there any one now living who has had a tenth part of my experience in 
Galvanism ? I believe not. When I first came to London, Galvanism 
was all but dead. I awoke it ; and from that time it has gained strength, 
and will continue to do so. 

To many of my readers the question will arise, how does galvanism 
CURE DISEASES ? My reply is as follows : Galvanism has been proved by 
the most eminent physiologists of the day to be capable of performing 
the same functions as the nervous fluid, when acting on the living body. 
(See Dr Wilson Philip's works.) This being the case, let us suppose the 
patient to be suffering from indi(?>estion; in which case the food remains 
in the stomach considerably longer than it ought to do. The cause of 

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this is a deficiency of nervous energy in the stomach : the eighth pair of 
nerves is in a torpid state, and does not supply the stomach with a 
sufficient quantity of nervous fluid. Xow let the galvanic apparatus be 
applied so as to send ia large quantity of the galvanic fluid through those 
torpid nerves, the digestion is immediately assisted, and if it be a very 
recent case, a few operations will be sufficient ; if an old standing case, 
time and perseverance will he necessary. Galvanism acts by increasing 
the supply of gastric juice, the digesting liquid, the true vital solvent of 
the food. 

Let us next take a case of rheumatism or neuralgia (very near 
relations), and see how it acts. In such cases it is astonishing to notice 
the quantity of acid secreted by the body, so much so, that patients 
frequently make the remark to me, ^' that everything they make use of 
seems to turn to vinegar.'" This is in a great measure the truth, where 
thode complaints arise from derangement of the stomach, as they fre- 
quently do, though often from other causes. In such cases Galvanism, by 
strengthening the stomach, cures these complaints ; and where they arise 
from other causes there are obstructions to the passage of the nervous 
fluid in those parts where the pains are, which Galvanism removes by 
traversing those parts with its electric speed. 
How does Gralvanism act in cases of 

Paralysis ? 
There are two sets of nerves in the animal system, the nerves of sensa- 
tion and the nerves of motion. It is possible for one set to be paralysed 
without the other being affected, although in the generality of cases both 
are affected. When I give a few examples of paralytic cases, I shall treat 
more largely on the subject : here I will just state, that Avhen either of 
those sets of nerves are paralysed, there is an imperfect communication 
with the brain. We will suppose the nerves of sensation affected ; the 
nervous influence, in this case, travels from the extremities upwards, and 
if we prick the paralysed limb, no sensation is felt, because it cannot 
reach the brain ; the nerves, instead of being conductors of the nervous 
fluid, are non-conductors, and as long as they remain so no sensation can 
take place. Now, I would ask any physiologist, what remedy is so 
applicable as G-alvanism in such cases ? The galvanic fluid rushes in 
torrents and with the rapidity of lightning through the paralysed nerves, 
freeing the obstructions, and arousing the paralysed part into activity ; 
and, a,s soon as a perfect communication is made with the brainy feeling 
returns, and the paralysis is gone. In the agricultural districts, the 
common stinging nettle is used by the country people for this purpose. 
Whilst residing in Devonshire, I frequently had to cross Dartmoor, and 
on one occasion I noticed a man, some distance from the main road, 
beating his leg with all his might. I rode over to him to see wliat was 
his object, when I found he had gathered a lot of stinging-nettles and 
was beating his leg with them. I asked him why he did that ; he told me 
his leg was asleep. I asked him why he did not walk about, as that would 
wake it up. He then told me it had been asleep for two or three years, 
and that the only thing that did it good was making crosses on it with 
his spittle, and beating it as hard as he could with the nettles ; and so 
he kept crossing it and beating it with the nettles. I told him I thought 
I could cure him without eithei the crosses or the nettles. He came to 
me daily for six weeks, and the sensation in the leg returned. I 
mention this case, as it was my flrst trial on a paralysed leg. In the 
foregoing Cctse, the nerves of motion were but little affected, so that the. 


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Jian could walk tolerably well, provided he looked at his leg whilst walking 
to see where he was to place it. 

In those cases where power in the limb is lost, either with or without 
loss of sensation, the nervous influence travels from the brain to the 
extremities ; that is, the desire to move the limb emanates from the brain ; 
for instance, if the communication from the brain to the limb be perfect, 
the limb moves in accordance with the, will ; but if the communication 
be impel feet, the limb moves more or less imperfectly ; and where there is 
perfect paralysis, there is no motion whatever, and the patient will never 
move the limb until the communication between the brain and the limb is 

There cannot be a finer remedy than Galvanism to restore this commu- 
nication, and here I would inform such patients that the trashy little 
machines, sold under the name of electro-magnetic and electro-galvanic, 
are quite useless, as indeed they are for all complaints. It is the 
QUANTITY current which is the great remedial agent, and this cannot be 
obtained unless there are several pairs of plates in the apparatus, as before 
stated ; and not only this, but the regulating apparatus must be so con- 
structed as to allow the quantity current to pass as well as the shock 
current ; for in the small machines the regulating parts are so con- 
structed that one pair of plates would be quite as effectual as a hundred 
pairs; that is, they are quite useless, from the fact that they arc not con- 
structed in a scientific manner, they merely allowing the shock current to pass 
through the body of the patient , and not the quantity current ; which is, as 
before said, the true remedial current. These little machines are very well 
as toys ; they are useless for medical purposes. The reader will find 
further particulars where I give a few cases of paralysis. 

I will now finish this by saying a few words 


All invalids are but too well acquainted with the fact that there is nothing 
more exhausting to tho system than want of sleep, and that nothing so in- 
vigorates the system as a night's rest passed in refreshing sleep. I do not 
mean sleep caused by opiates, for this sleep is by no means refreshing : on 
»-he contrary, it is a most exhausting sleep, and although it may do good by 
deadening the impression to pain, its good is always attended with evil 
effects, as nothing deranges the digestive organs more than opiates. 
Most medical men are aware of this ; but what can they do ? their 
patients are continually crying out for relief from their agonising 
torments, and an opiate is the remedy for the purpose. It is, however, 
but adding fuel to the fire, and I would caution invalids to refrain from 
their use as long as possible. 

Those in health require a certain number of hours of sound, refreshing 
sleep ; how much more so the invalid ! 

The reasoning powers are fatigued by over-exertion, the feelings by 
excitement of the passions, the eye by the exercise of sight, the ear by 
that of hearing, the muscles of voluntary motion by repeated contrac- 
tions ; their powers at last cease, a general exhaustion ensues, and 
either stronger stimulants must be used to excite them, or their powers 
must be renewed by sleep. Sleep is the natural restorer of those powers, 
vnd without it nature must give way ; the disease, whatever it may be, 
gains strength, and death terminates the patient's sufferings. 

Young describes sleep as *^ Nature's sweet restorer, balmy sleep," and 
every invalid knows and feels that he was right. The greatest boon to 
society will be, then, that invention which shaU give to the sleepless. 

sound, refreshing sleep. Galvanism is this boon. I have proved it in 
hundreds of cases, and am continually receiving accounts from invalids 
who are using my machines, giving me the gratifying information 
that Galvanism has restored to them their usual refreshing sleep. 
Indeed, of so soothing a nature is the quantity current of my 
galvanic apparatus, that invalids, whilst under the operation, 
frequently fall asleep. I would, therefore, impress on the minds 
of all persons who suffer from want of sleep, to procure a good 
galvanic apparatus, in which the quantity current circulates as well as 
the shock current, as it is the former current which produces the soothing 

Some persons write to me to refer them to some one whom I have 
cured. The first few years of my practice I had great pleasure in doing; 
so ; but for the last thirty years I have declined to do so, and shall stilL 
decline to do so. I should think that near forty years successful practice- 
in the metropolis should be a sufficient reference to any reasonable 
person. I will conclude by stating that the complaints for which I have 
found Galvanism to be applicable are the following : — 

All kinds of Nervous Disorders, Asthma. Rheumatism, Sciatica,, 
Diabetes, Tic Douloureux, Neuralgia, Paralysis, Spinal Com- 
plaints, long-standing Headaches, Deficiency of nervous Energy,. 
Loss of Muscular Power in any Part, Nervous deafness, Dimness 
OF Sight, Liver Complaints, General Debility, Indigestion, 
Epilepsy, Eecent Cases of Consumption, Want of Sleep, and Femalj: 

Where the circulation is impeded Galvanism is an admirable remedy, 
and invalids who suffer much from cold feet would find it invaluable. 

For further particulars, I must refer my readers to those parts of my 
pamphlet where cases of the various diseases are mentioned. 


Warwick Lodge, No. 40, Addison Road, 
Kensington, London. 


It may, perhaps, be supposed that as my .£10 10s apparatus is a large 
one, that therefore the shocks administered are in proportion thereto. 
I will here state that that is not the case; for the shocks produced hy my 
machines are really less, considerably less, *.han those produced hy the small 
electro-magnetic machines, experience having convinced me that if Gal- 
vanism be applied in the least uncomfortably strong it does no good. 
The shocks from my machines may more properly be called vibrations- 
than shocks. I make those remarks about my machines, as many parties- 
have, when writing to me respecting them, stated that they were afraid 
they would not be able to use them, they having used the small 
machines, the power of which was considerably too much for them ; they,, 
therefore, drawing the conclusion that mine being considerably larger^ 
must also be considerably stronger. The sensation from my machines is 
also very different from the small ones, there being none of that burning, 
twisting sensation experienced, but a gentle tapping, soothing sensation. 

I refer my readers to the second page of this pamphlet, where they 
will find a description of my machines. There will be some repetition 
in this pamphlet, and necessarily so, for I well know by experience that 
works of this kind are but seldom read through by invalids ; they con- 
tenting themselves by merely reading those parts referring to their own 

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complaints. I, tlierefore, shall frequently refer to the superiority of my 
machines and my method of treating diseases. 


A gentleman, aged sixty, was recommended to me by an old patient 
of mine. A worse case I never knew, and as I succeeded in making a 
perfect cure, I will relate liis case fully. He had lived abroad for many 
years, and had experienced a great deal of anxiety caused by domestic 
matters. When I first saw him, I considered he was past cure, there 
being very little vitality left in him. He had resorted to the first 
medical men, both in Paris and London, who, after giving various 
opinions as to the cause of his complaint, prescribed nearly every drug 
in the Pharmacopoeia. He had been well examined by the stethoscope, 
had been well pummelled, and went through various processes for the 
purpose of discovering the seat of the disease. One medical man was 
positive his liver was the cause of his illness, another thought it was the 
heart, another that the spinal cord was affected, and another that there 
was a lodgment of faeces in the intestines, each declaring that the 
others were all wrong ; and if we may judge by their treatment, each 
was right in his opinion, and each wrong in his judgment. The poor 
gentleman, instead of deriving benefit, continued getting worse, and the 
doctor, who was of opinion that there was a lodgment in the intestines, 
served him worse than all the others put together, as with his calomel 
and powerful purgatives he brought him very near to death's door. It 
was just at this time he fortunately met his old friend, who recommended 
him to me, and, as before said, I considered it a hopeless case. T gave 
him no encouragement whatever, but as he was determined to try 
Galvanism, I administered it to him ; I applied it, however, in such a 
very gentle stream, that for the first ten minutes I did not allow him to 
even feel it. 

I will here describe his sufferings : — He had no appetite whatever, and 
he dreaded the approach of meal times ; the little he did eat lay on his 
stomach like a lump of lead, producing a frequent desire to throw it all 
up again. A most oppressive feeling would now take place, as if the 
vitality of the whole system was required for tbe use of the stomach, and 
his whole body would then get completely prostrated. The couch was 
now his resting i)lace, when an attack of giddiness would seize him in 
such a violent manner as to make him fear the loss of his reason. In 
addition to this, he suffered from very severe costiveness, shooting pains 
in various parts — particularly in the spine — flatulency, acidity, violent 
palpitation of the heart, great pain at the pit of the stomach, want of 
sleep (so much so, indeed, that many nights he could not get any sleep 
whatever), and, in addition to various other symptoms, a very great 
depression of si^irits, pulse very irregular, tongue furred, and motions a 
very light colour. My readers would, no doubt, wish to know where I 
considered the seat of the complaint to be ; indeed, the patient himself 
put this question to me, and my reply to him was, that I did not know ; 
and I am inclined to think, that if the medical men he had previously 
consulted had given the same I'eply, they would but have expressed their 
real opinions. Common sense told me that there was a great deficiency 
of vitality in all the organs — heart, liver, and lungs — and that the whole 
nervous systesa was deficient of its proper stimulus, the nervoiis or 
vitalised electric fluid. It also told me,. that the stomach was the manu- 
factory of this fluid as well as of the blood, and that all my exertions 
should be directed to that important organ ; in short, I compared my 

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patient to a fire which was nearly out, and I proceeded with him as I 
should with the fire. I put on the fuel gradually instead of throwing 
on a large quantity at once^ and when the little had given strength to 
the fire, I added more, and again still more. The stomach having thus 
gained strength manufactured new pure blood and nervous energy, which, 
by their circulation throughout the whole body, supplied all the organs 
and every part of the system with the vitality of which it was deficient. 
By those means the heart worked healthily, the liver secreted its bile in 
a regular manner, the brain recovered its energy, the excruciatino* 
shooting pains in the spine vanished, and health, with all its blessings, 

My first request to my patient was to leave off all medicines, and to 
conform strictly to a course of diet which I laid down for him. For four 
or five weeks we scarcely noticed any improvement : I was not at all 
disappointed, as I did not expect it. One morning, however, he men- 
tioned that he had slept better than he had done for years, and felt m uch 
refreshed : this I knew to be one of the best signs of improvement that 
could happen to him, and from that day I had hopes of curing him. I 
was right, for from that time he continued to improve, and his appetite 
returned so rapidly that I had great difficulty to restrain him "from 
indulging it to its full extent; indeed, three or four times whilst be was 
with me he indulged too much, and deservedly suffered in consequence 
of it. I attended to him four months, when he again went abroad : on 
his return he called upon me to thank me for his perfect cure ; since 
which I have not seen him. It is quite impossible for me to describe the 
whole of this patient's symptoms; there was such a complication of 
them : all diseases seemed to have selected his body as their restino* 
place. Galvanism cured him. 


A lady, about forty, applied to me by the recommendation of her 
medical man. He had tried the usual remedies in such cases, and 
recommended her to try Galvanism, as he had frequently known it to 
succeed where medicines had failed. I could wish all medical men were 
as honest as this gentleman proved to be ; for, were they so, my readers 
may rest assured there would be nothing like the amount of illness which 
now unfortunately exists. They are daily witnessing the failure of their 
medicines in indigestion, and yet every fresh patient they treat precisely 
in the same manner : it is one and the same treatment over and over 
again ; and when their patients die under their hands from the general 
exhaustion of the vital powers, they console themselves with the satisfac- 
tion that they have treated them according to medical science, and that 
they have done all that was necessary. I say they have not done all that 
was necessary ; and that instead of persevering for months and years 
with their medicines, they should recommend their patients to resort to 
the water treatment, to Galvanism, or to mesmerism, as they must know 
that all three of those systems succeed after their methods have failed. 
The lady whose case I am about to describe fortunately got into an 
honest and liberal man^s hands, who, when he found drugs fail, recom- 
mended other treatment. The particulars of her case were as follows ; 

When about twenty-five years old, she had a severe attack of rheumatic 
fever. She was confined to her bed for nine months, during which time 
she took an enormous quantity of medicine, consisting principally of 
colchicum, opium, and calomel. She recovered from the fever, but she 
wa so exhausted in strength that the least exertion fatigued her, and 

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SO she continued up to the time when I first had her as a patient. She 
had not the least appetite, nor could she get any refreshing sleep. Her 
motions were of a green colour^ and passed with the greatest difficulty; 
never without medicine. She was subject to frequent bilious vomitino's_, 
to great pain at the pit of the stomach, and an almost continual nausea. 
She had a sensation as if a great weight was on the top of her head ; and 
this part would be constantly hot^ whilst the limbs were almost con- 
tinually cold. Complexion sallow, and teeth much discoloured (some of 
them quite black), caused no doubt by the calomel she had taken. 

As up to the age of twenty-five she enjoyed robust health, and as she 
was still in the prime of life, I had great hopes of making a complete 
cure of her. At the end of a fortnight there was a decided improvement : 
her bowels commenced acting without her usual medicine, she slept 
soundly, and she could partake of a lean mutton chop Avith an appetite, 
feeling comfortable after it. In another fortnight the nausea had 
entirely left her, as well as the sensation of weight on her head ; her 
limbs became much warmer, and she was enabled to take moderate 
exercise. From that time she continued to improve ; and after remain- 
ing with me altogether two months she left me for her home, restored to 
health, after an illness of fifteen years. 


The following case is principally remarkable on account of the rapidity 
of the cure. The patient was a builder, who had been very subject to 
influenza, and during the time of the cholera had a severe attack of it. 
When young he suffered severely from bilious attacks, his usual remedy 
for which was blue pill and black draught. He took this remedy so 
long, however, that it seriously injured his general health, and he was 
compelled to be exceedingly cautious as to what he made use of. In 
addition to the usual symptoms of indigestion, his memory was very 
much affected, and he had neither ta ste nor smell ; indeed, so bad was 
his taste, that he declared to me that if he closed his eyes he could not 
distinguish the taste of water from beer or wine. I applied the Galvan- 
ism to the spine and stomach, and from the very first operation he 
experienced a marked improvement. In a fortnight he was cured, and 
in less than that time both the sense of smell and taste returned. 


This disease exists in three forms, viz., paraplegic palsy, hemiplegic 
palsy, and local palsy. The first is confined to the lower part of the 
body ; the second is confined to one side only (many patients being able 
to trace the complaint even to the centre of the nose^ the other side of 
the body being not at all or but little affected) ; the last is confined to 
particular parts, such as a limb, or part of a limb, as the ankle or wrist, 
for instance. Some cases there are where all three are combined, in 
which the whole system is paralysed, even extending to the eyelids, 
which cannot be raised without assistance. 


A gentleman, aged about fifty, had been for four years nearly helpless. 
He had undergone a variety of operations, such as cupping, blistering, 
application of setons, rubbing, shampooing, &c., but all in vain. His 
was a general palsy of the whole system so much so that he could 
scarcely move hand and foot, and he of course could not do the most 
trifling thing for himself, he being as helpless as a baby. His speech 
^as so much affected that it was with the greatest difficulty we could 
understand anything he said. The last physician he was under thought 

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there was a softening of the brain. I could not say it was not so, but I 
felt confident that if such were the case, neither Galvanism nor anything 
else would be of the least service to him. His friends were, however, 
desirous that Galvanism should be tried, particularly so as I assured 
them it would not do any harm if it did not do any good. My first 
object was to endeavour to restore the digestive powers, and I confined 
my operations to the stomach for six weeks. At the end of the tenth 
operation, we noticed a decided change for the better ; his counten- 
ance appeared more chee^'ful, and the speech was less indistinct, 
the patient speaking in a louder tone. Still the motion of the 
limbs did not improve. The following week he could move his toes, he 
could make a tolerable meal, and the voice became more distinct. At 
the end of six weeks, considering that the stomach might be left to itself, 
I galvanised alternately the legs and arms, never omitting to galvanise 
the spine each operation. I continued in this way for two months longer, 
occasionally galvanising the stomach, by which time uay patient was not 
only able to stand, but to walk about without the least assistance. He 
then went to Brighton, and took with him one of my machines. A few 
months after he called on me quite restored. Had this been a case of 
softening of the brain, I feel confident I should not have done the 
patient any good. May not many other cases of supposed softening of the 
brain be cured by Galvanism ? I say, try it j it cannot possibly do any 
harm, and it may do good. 


A gentleman, about sixty, who had led a very gay life, came to me 
afflicted with paraplegia, he having scarcely any power in his legs and 
feet, and so deficient of sensation were they, that unless he looked at 
them he did not know where to place them. They were icy-cold, and 
withered away to mere skin and bone. His general health, so far as 
regards eating and digesting his food, was pretty good, no doubt owing 
to his taking plenty of carriage exercise, but no treatment he had as yet 
undergone had done any good to the parts affected, a>id during the last 
few months his urine escaped involuntarily. As usual, all sorts of 
remedies had been tried before he applied to me ; and when I first saw 
him he had a large blister on the bottom of his spine. I desired him to 
take it off and wait a few days until the place had healed, as I should 
apply the Galvanism to that part. In a few days he returned. For the 
first week I could not get him to feel the Galvanism in his legs, so dead 
were they ; the next week he felt a tingling sensation in them ; the 
following week distinct vibrations ; and from that time the sensation 
became more and more distinct. The legs increased in size, and strength 
gradually returned ; in short, after nine weeks' Galvanism, my patients 
was perfectly restored to his usual strength and health. 

In such cases as the above I am very successful, particularly so where 
I am applied to in the early stages of the complaint. Where the 
complaint has been of several years' duration, I at times fail. Although 
in the above case the patient had no feeling in the legs and feet out- 
wardly, he was tormented with the most excruciating neuralgic pains in 
them. These soon left him. 


A lady, between forty-five and fifty, was recommended by her physician, 
a homoeopathic practitioner, to try Galvanism. Only one side was 
paralysed, and she had been afflicted for three years. The arm, fingers, 
and leg were very much contracted, mouth much distorted, and the eye 

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always jDartially open. She could not tell me the cause of her complaint, 
but thought it was a fright she had experienced a few days previous to 
the attack. I afterwards discovered that she was subject to much 
domestic unhappiness, so that I had no doubt trouble of mind was the 
primary cause of the complaint, and most probably brought to a crisis by 
the fright. In this case I applied the Galvanism twice a day. In a 
fortnight I noticed a decided improvement, the rigidity of the limbs 
being considerably less, and the leg became nearly straight. In another 
fortnight the pp.tient could close her eye, and the face began to resume 
its natural appearance ; the hand and leg also gained considerably in 
power, and from that time she rapidly improved, so that she was soon in 
possession of the use of her limbs. 

I think it right to state, that of all cases of paralysis, that of hemi- 
plegia (similar to the above) is the most difficult to cure ; at least I 
have found it so. 

In all cases of paralysis I would advise patients to purchase an appa- 
ratus, as then they Jcyioiv the extent of the exjoense at once. 

In addition to a great number of cases similar to the foregoing, I 
have had hundreds of cases of local j^aralysis, viz., paralysed wrists, 
fingers, ankles, &c., in most of which I have been successful. I believe 
it is now generally admitted that there is no remedy for paralysis equal 
to Galvanism : hut common sense will dictate the necessity of having an 
efficient o/pparatus. 


Knowing", from experience, the remarkable effects of Galvanism in 
paralysis, and in cases of loss of muscular power (not properly considered 
paralysis), I say it is the duty of every one afflicted in this way to resort 
to such a powerful remedy. Supposing it does not always succeed in 
making complete cures, is it not a great satisfaction to the invalid, and 
to his friends, to know that such an agent has not been neglected ? It 
is a commonly acTcnoiuledged fact, that medicine is of no service whatever in 
the generality of paralytic cases, and that Gahanism is the only agent 
which succeeds after every other remedy has heen tried in voAn. Why, then, 
neglect it, when, j)robably, not only the invalid^'s life depends on it, but 
also the maintenance of his wife or family ? As for trying Galvanism by 
means of those small machines which are sold at a low price, they may as 
well try nothing, as hundreds who have used my machines with the desired 
effect can readily testify, they having tried those cheap machines for 
months without deriving the least benefit. With many the cry is, *"' the 
cost price is heavy ; " but how soon is not that sum gone in doctors' 
physic ? As for the expense of working it, it is a mere trifie, 6d a week 
being amply sufficient. Another objection wdth some parties is, "that 
they will have a difficulty in working it." Now, in reply to this, I will 
stace that the printed instructions and drawing which accompany each 
apparatus ars so exceedingly simple that no one will have any difficulty 
in using the apj)aratus. Hundreds have written to me that they would 
have had my apparatus long before, had they known it had been so easy 
to manage. Let no one hesitate to have it on this account, as I shall be 
at all times quite willing to reply to any questions which may be put to 

Liver Complaints. 

The symptoms of a liver complaint are as follows ; that is, of a positive 
complaint of that viscus : — There is a sense of weight or uneasiness in 
the right side, pain at the toj^ of the shoulder, complexion sallow, little 

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or no appetite, irregular bowels, &c. On pressure below the ribs of the 
side affected, the pain is much increased, and a sudden jerk from a false 
step or other accident, occasions acute pains in the right side. The 
breathing is difficult and oppressed ; cough with expectoration, and un- 
easiness on lying on the left side. There are numerous cases of supposed 
liver complaints which are simply cases ^f indigestion, but a positive 
complaint of the liver is just as described. I have been very successful 
in this disease : and I would therefore, strongly advise invalids to leave 
off taking calomel, and resort to Galvanism instead. 


A lady, aged about forty-five, applied to me by the advice of the late 
Bishop of London (an old patient of mine) to try the effects of Gralvanism 
in her case — a very severe liver complaint, of several years' duration. 
Her symptoms are very similar to those above described, with the addi- 
tion of suffering from very low spirits ; so melancholy indeed was she 
that nothing seemed to give her pleasure -, the world was a blank to her. 
Her complexion was exceedingly ye] low, her hair so weak that she was 
afraid to comb it, and her teeth quite discoloured with the large quantities 
of mercury she had taken. Just before applying to me she had been 
trying the cold water system, which she thought had been of some service 
to her : but if so, I cannot form any conception of the state she must 
have previously been in, as a worse case I never saw. On inquiry, I 
found she had been making use of several articles of diet, which a bilious 
subject should refrain from ; I, therefore, laid down a particular diet and 
regimen, which she promised to adhere to. I will not relate the progress 
from day to day, but will just state that at the end of three weeks her com- 
plexion had regained its natural colour, her appetite had returned, and 
the bowels acted with regularity ; her spirits also considerably improved, 
and she felt pleasure in going into society. At the expiration of two 
months her health was quite restored; but she remained with me for 
another month, fearing she might have a relapse. About eighteen months 
after this she called upon me with a friend she had recommended to me, 
and declared to me she had not had the least return of her complaint. 
Her teeth, I am sorry to say, were still very much discoloured, hut her 
hair had become quite strong. I have had many patients, both male and 
female, whose hair was getting so weak at the roots that they were timid 
about combing it. In such cases I have been remarkably successful. I 
do not apply the Galvanism to the hair, but apply it so as to improve the 
general health. I have had a few cases where not only the hair of the 
head was nearly all gone, but also that of eye-brows and lashes. On the 
return of health, the hair in those places has again grown. 


A gentleman, aged about sixty, had been afflicted with very severe 
bilious attacks for more than twenty years. His symptoms were very 
similar to the former case, but, in addition to them, he was so very 
exciteable that the least contradiction caused him to get into the most 
violent rage, so much so, that he has since wondered how people could 
have put up with his temper. His first interview with me was not at all 
pleasant, on account of my telling him I thought Galvanism, in his case, 
would prove a failure. I advised him not to try it, but the more I was 
against him trying it, the more he vms determined to try it. Twice I 
prevailed on him not to try it ; but the third time he came, he said he was 
determined, and that he would not be put off again. A more unpleasant 
patient I never had, as he was continually grumbling because he did not 

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(ret any better, and T, on the other hand, was continually advising him 
to discontinue the Galvanism. His invariable reply was, " What's the 
7ise of your talking in that way ? I tell you I must do something ; I 
can't live without it ; and as for taking any more physic, I shan't do 
anything of the sort, I have taken enough already to kill a horse ; my 
body is a perfect barometer through the confounded mercury I've 
swallowed, and I can always tell how the weather will be for twenty-four 
hours before a change/' For full six weeks this was his reply to me, or 
something similar to it, two or three times a week. At last his temper 
began to change ; and instead of being the most irritable, dissatisfied 
patient I had ever attended to, he became as pleasant a gentleman as a 
person would wish to o.ssociate with. He had been a Queen's officer, and 
had been in India many years. Altogether, he was with me eleven weeks, 
by which time his liver was in first-rate condition, and he appeared quite 
another individual. The above cure is the more wonderful, on account 
of the long duration of the disease and the patient's age. 


A young man, about thirty, come to me by the advice of his medical 
man. For two years he had suffered much from derangement of his 
liver, which was exceedingly tender to the touch. He had lost his 
appetite, could not get any sound sleep, was much troubled with night- 
mare, and felt continually chilly. He was much reduced in flesh and was 
very weak, with frequent bilious headaches. He had been cupped, 
blistered, leeched, and many times salivated, and had for several months 
taken a preparation of dandelion ; but all in vain. At first the liver was 
so tender I could not galvanise it. I applied the Galvanism as near as I 
€Ould to the liver, and from the very first operation he continued to 
improve. At the end of a fortnight his liver had lost much of its 
sensitivness, and in a month he was well. This young man had been 
previously operated on by a person who used the electro-magnetic 


I should imagine that few men living have had more practice in 
rheumatic cases than I have ; my success in such cases having even 
astonished myself. 


A gentleman, aged about thirty, had been afflicted for above seven 
years, and the latter part of the time his complaint had grown upon him 
so rapidly that he could move neither hand nor foot without the greatest 
pain. His limbs were much contracted, and so helpless was he that he 
had been wheeled to church in a Bath chair for two years before I had 
him as a patient. When he was first brought into my house, his body 
was so bent that his chin and knees nearly touched. I had previously 
had his mother as a patient for a very severe case of tic-douloureux, and 
in which I was completely successful. I mention this because I did not 
hold out any hopes of being of much service to her son, when she reminded 
me that I did not give her any hopes at first ; she believed I should cure 
him. The son had no faith whatever. I galvanised him very gently for 
twenty minutes the first day, and after that for half an hour each day. 
At the end of a week I did not notice the least improvement ; and the 
only symptom of improvement I noticed at the end of a fortnight was 
that he slept better and had a regular movement of his bowels without 
having recourse to his aperient. The next improvement I observed was 
that he perspired rather freely, and as soon as this occurred 1 was enabled 

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to handle his limbs without inconveniencing him, for at first the least 
touch would give him pain. I now gently stretched his legs, whilst the 
galvanic operation was going on, ani, although for the first few days he 
experienced some pain in those parts, the result of my operations was 
that in five weeks he could stand on his legs without the least assistance, 
and in two months he could walk from h.U own residence to mine (about 
a mile) without the aid of an a<5sistant. His arms I found to be much 
more stubborn than his legs, but in another month they also got straight, 
arid he left me quite cured. 


This was a severe case of acute rheumatism, the pains being so 
intense that the patient (a young lady of twenty-five) could not bear the 
shake of the carriage, unless it was driven very slowly. She had been ill 
aboat six months, and had tried all the usual medicines given in such 
cases, but all in vain ; the disease got worse and worse, and what from loss 
of sleep, and loss of appetite, and without any cessation of the pains, she 
was reduced to a mere skeleton. Her last medical man had been giving 
her morphia, for the purpose, I suppose, of easing her pains, and to 
procure sleep to her exhausted system. While the opiate lasted she 
was tolerably easy ; but no sooner had its effects worn off, than the 
pains returned, and a larger dose of the narcotic was required to produce 
the desired effects. All this time her digestive powers were getting into 
such a debilitated state, that the little food she could make use of would 
not digest, being in a continual state of fermentation, producing wind 
and acid. In this case I saw clearly that I should not succeed in 
removing the pains until the general health was somewhat restored ; in 
short, before I could restore the appetite and digestive powers. 

By much persuasion I prevailed on her to leave off all medicine. I 
galvanised the spine and stomach very gently for the first week, and to 
my surprise, before the week had expired, both her sleep and appetite 
had considerably improved. I now applied the Galvanism alternately 
to the legs and arms, and in five weeks she was so much improved, that, 
without my knowledge or consent, she went to Epsom races. In a 
fortnight after this she was perfectly restored, and actually went to a 
public ball. 

The cause of this lady's complaint was her getting wet in her feet 
whilst watering her garden. 


A gentleman, about sixty five, had been afflicted with chronic rheum- 
atism for above a dozen years. The pains were confined principally to 
liis ankles, knees, and loins. During the easterly winds, and on damp 
days, his pains were considerably increased. As usual, he had tried all 
the rcDiedies common in such cases before applying to me, and was, by a 
clairvoyant, recommended mesmerism ; but all failed. To use his own 
words, he said he had been sent from '' Dan to Beersheba" by his 
medical men, and had taken every mineral water that was ever heard 
of ; one medical man recommending one sort, and another some other 
sort : and as for the good they did him, he said, **^he might as well have 
remained at home and drunk his own pump water.'* As this patient's 
stomach was in a tolerably good condition, I confined the appliciation of 
the Galvanism to the rheumatic parts. From the very first operation a 
decided improvement was noticed, and before a month had expired he 
could throw about his limbs like a young man ; and instead of coming to 
me in a cab with his servant, he would walk to my house alone, having 

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only the use of a stick, wliicb. he could, if he pl-eased, have thrown aside. 
The first day he came to me he made use of crutches, and was got in 
and out of the cab with the greatest difficulty. I had not the least idea 
he would have recovered so quickly, but he assisted me very much by 
w^ell following up my instructions at home. 

I have cured many recent cases of rheumatism in less than a week, 
but they were slight cases, and as being such are not worthy a place in 
this pamphlet. One case I will, however, relate. The patient (a young 
man about twenty) had been fishing the whole of a rainy day. The 
next day he felt pains in his arms, then in his back and loins, and after 
that in his legs. His medical man told him he would soon put him to 
rights. He him colchicum, and continued it for a fortnight, when 
the patient, feeling no better, gave him up a"*2d came to me. 1 placed 
him under the galvanic influence, and in five minutes he broke out in a 
profuse perspiration ; so much so that drops of water ran dov\rn his face, 
and his shirt was quite wet. I sent him home in a cab, and requested 
him to put on a dry shirt, and then to remain in bed until the next morn- 
ing. That single operation cured him, for he slept soundly, perspired 
very much during the night, and arose the next morning quite free from 
pain. A friend of his afterwards came to me similarly afflicted and ex- 
pected the same miracle to be worked on him, but he was mistaken ; his 
cure required several weeks' application of the Galvanism. In cdl cases 
nf rheumatism Galvanism is the great remedy, and invalids should not fail 
to resort to it. 


This complaint is situated in the hip joint, and in very severe cases the 
pains shoot down the thigh, even to the toes. It may be called rheum- 
atisra of the hip-joint, when the pains are concentiuted in that part; and 
neuralgia of the sciatic nerve when the pains are of a shooting nature, 
extending to the leg or foot. I have worked wonders in this complaint, 
and I am of opinion that it only requires patience and perseverance in 
the use of Galvanism to cure the most obstinate cases. I have known 
Galvanism cure a case of many years' duration in less than one week ; but 
in the generality of cases I do not find much improvement in less than a 


A gentleman, between fifty-five and sixty, who was accompanied by 
his medicial man, suffered very severely from the above comj)laint. 
He had been afflicted for fifteen yesrs, but occasionally he would be 
tolerably free from the complain c for a week or two, and once during the 
fifteen years he had felt nothing of it for a month or two. I ascertained 
from him that during those times his general health was much better 
than at other times, and I therefore concluded that if I could perfectly 
restore his digestive powers I should cure his sciatica. His medical 
man was not at pJl in favoui* of Galvanism, and thought it would be quite 
useless trying it, but that as his patient so much wished it to be tried 
he consented, knowing it would not do any harm, if not any good. 

On my applying the Galvanism to this patient, he was quite astonished 
to find th?.t there was nothing in the least unpleasant about the opera- 
tion. "^■V'hilst under the process, he brought up a great quantity of wind, 
and declared he had not felt s*^ ^^miortable for years. The weight and 
oppression -i^'-^\ d, sense of suiioca.tion, which he had suffered from for a 
length of time, vanished as if by magic, and to my siu'prise those un- 
pleasant symptoms did not return ; still, the pain in the leg did not give 

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way ; but at tlie expiration of a fortnight he told me he was sure he was 
better, as he did the previous night what he had not done for years 
before — he had turned himself in bed without the least assistance. Any 
little improvement is enough in such a long-standing comj^laint, and I 
now told him what I had not previously told him, viz., that I had great 
hopes of curing him. I was correct in my judgment, for from that time 
he improved rapidly, and in six weeks he was quite free from his com- 
plaint. More than a year after this he came to me with a patient, and 
declared he had not felt the least return of his complaint. 


A gentleman, about fifty, had been suffering for about three months. 
His medical man applied leeches to the hip, and cupped him, and when 
that failed he applied a large blister to the part, with the same result. 
Next, ointment of veratria was tried, assisted by colchicum internally, 
but all of no use. 

The patient, getting tired of this treatment, declared he would not 
submit to any more tortures ; but meeting with a friend who knew an 
infallible remedy for sciatica, he (the friend) prevailed on him to try it. 
This was to place the naked part in near contact ivith a large fire, and to 
literoMy r&ast it. 

He underwent the process until he was "" done brown ; " and as long as 
the roasting process continued, no doubt he was quite free from his usual 
pains. This was curing the complaint on the counter-irritation principle. 
All this, however, did not succeed, for the pains were as bad as ever. 
His friend had the conscience to advise him to undergo the roasting cure 
a second time, but he did not much relish it, and declined. A few days 
after this he accidently saw my pamphlet and came to me. On examin- 
ing the parts I was much surprised to see them so brown, when the above 
explanation was given. Notwithstanding his pains, he and I had a 
hearty good laugh at the idea of his being roasted ; his pains, however, 
soon stopped his laughing, and we commenced operations. 

From the third operation he noticed a decided improvement, and in less 
than a fortnight he was cured. At his last visit his friend accompanied 
him, and was so convinced of the efficacy of his roasting process, that he 
would have it, '^ another good roasting would have cured him ; '" why he 
failed was, he had only half done it ; ''five minutes longer would have 
cured him." The patient told him mine was much the most pleasant 


This case I cured in three operations. The patient was a young man 
about twenty-five years of age. All the account he could give me of the 
cause of his complaint was, that he was riding in an omnibus during a 
very rainy day, when a gentleman came in very wet and sat next to him. 
He felt the side next the gentleman getting chilly, but thought nothing 
of it. In the middle of the night he awoke in great pain on that side. 
He well rubbed the part with his hand, and got some relief ; but still the 
pains would return, and so continued for above a week, when he was 
advised to be galvanised. He came to me ; I gave him relief the first 
operation, and in three visits I cured him. In this case age was in my 
favour, the case was a recent one, and the patient had not undergone 
any of the usual so-called remedies. Hence the reason of my speedy 

I have had a great number of sciatic complaints, where the pains have 
been cured by the i^atient's medical attendants, hut in ivhich cases the leg 

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Jiasheen left quite powerless. Galvanism I have generally found successful 
in restoring the lost power. 

Neuralgia and Tic Douloureux. 
What is called tic douloureux is nothing but neuralgia. Galvanism is 
of great power in this complaint. I have succeeded in cases of many 
years^ duration, and where every other known remedy had been tried in 
vain. Sometimes the pains are confined to the face, at other times to the 
region of the lungs and heart, and at other times they shoot from one 
part of the body to the other with the rapidity of lighting; at one time 
in the head, then in the thigh, next in the foot, and then in the arms, 
and sometimes in all those places at once, producing the most excruciat- 
ing torments. In cases of two or three months' duration, I do not know 
of a single case in which I have failed ; but in long-standing complaints 
I have at times failed, although, in these cases even, I have given con- 
siderable relief. 


A young lady had been suffering excruciating pains in the face for 
above seven years. At first the supposition was that the pains proceeded 
from the teeth, and many of them were extracted ; still the pains con- 
tinued, and more teeth were removed, with just the same effect. Her 
medical man wished her to have some more out, and willingly would she 
have consented, but her parents objected, and consulted another medical 
man. He told them candidly that the first medical man must have been 
mad to have had her teeth taken out ; that the cause was not in the teeth,, 
but in the stomach, and that all she required was a little tonic medicine. 
Of course, she would soon be all right ! At first quinine was adminis- 
tered, next zinc, then steel, or, to speak correctly, a preparation of iron, 
then arsenic, and various other so-called tonics; but he might as well 
have given debilitants, as not only did the pains increase, but the patient 
was getting weaker and weaker. The idea of calling the above medicines 
tonics, in the doses they are usually administered, is preposterous, for I 
well know that nine patients out of ten will agree with me that they feel 
weaker after taking a course of large doses of either of them. In this 
lady's case I found both the stomach and liver in a very deranged state. 
I, therefore, told her mother, who accompanied her, that either she had 
been taking too much medicine, or had been using such a diet as an in- 
valid ought not to use. The mother then told me of the treatment her 
daughter had been subjected to, and that she believed the cause of her 
complaint was too rich living, combined with a good deal of excitement 
whilst on a visit to a relative in Paris. 

I commenced by galvanising the stomach, and continued doing so for 
a fortnight, occasionally applying the Galvanism to the liver at the end 
of the operation for about five minutes. At this time we noticed a great 
improvement in her sleep and appetite, and some little improvement in 
the pains. I now galvanised her face very gently indeed for about ten 
minutes each day, and a decided beneficial effect was produced day after 
day. I, however, never neglected the stomach, as I was fully satisfied 
the principal cause was in that organ. In nine weeks she was quite free 
from pain, her general health was restored, and although some years 
have elapsed she remembers who cured her and has frequently sent me 


A gentleman, aged fifty, but looking sixty, had been afflicted for about 
eighteen months with the most violent shooting pains in his thighs and 

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legs. By the wish of his physician, I applied the Galvanism directly to 
the painful parts; but noticing no improvement at the end of a fortnight 
I got his physician's consent to apply it as I thought proper. As his 
"bowels were very constipated, I ordered a small teaspoonful of castor oil 
to be taken once a day, and gave him instructions how to prepare it so 
that it would have the desired effect. He smiled at the idea of so small 
a quantity being sufficient, but he was soon convinced that what I stated 
was a fact. I did not expect he would require it above two or three 
times, as I generally find Galvanism keeps the bowels quite regular. He 
had been in the habit of taking a whole ounce of castor oil at each dose, 
and was quite delighted when he found such a small quantity would do. 
I applied the Galvanism to the spine and stomach, and occasionally 
galvanised his liver. He improved rapidly after this plan, and in 
another fortnight his pains had ceased. He tried it another month to 
gain strength, as his pains had made him very weak in his legs. He was 
quite restored to health. 


A middle-aged lady came to me sufferiug very severely from pains in 
her arms. She could not give me any explanation of the cause, but 
told me that ever since she had been in pain her digestive powers had 
been much deranged. When alone, and nothing happened to irritate 
her, she was almost free from pain ; but the moment the mind met with 
a little excitement the pains would commence. She also noticed that 
immediately after meals her pains would be very severe. Whatever was 
the cause of her complaint, I felt confident there was a deficiency of 
vitality in the arms, as, when the brain and stomach required extra 
nervous energy, the arms felt the loss of it more than any other part. 
I may here mention that when any part of the system is called into 
action, that part requires extra nervous energy, and draws on the general 
system for a supply. Those parts which are already deficient of it feel 
their loss in various ways. Most invalids can readily understand this. 
This lady had not suffered long from her complaint ; still all the 
medicines she had tried failed of being of the least service to her. The 
first three days I applied the Galvanism to her stomach, at which time 
I noticed a great improvement in her general health ; the remaining 
three days of the week I galvanised the arms. By this time the pains, 
had nearly ceased, and in another week she was free from all pain 

Deficiency of Nervous Energy. 

This complaint in general arises from derangement cf the digestive 
organs, irregular action of the liver, and very obstinate constipation. 
The patient has no heart to do anything ; molehills are turned into 
mountains, and the most trifling things are gone about with the greatest 

FIRST case of deficiency OF NERVOUS ENERGY. 

A gentleman, aged about fifty-five, had been afflicted for several years 
with what he called ''nervousness.'" Being in a large way of business in. 
the City, in the wholesale line, his illness was constantly causing him 
considerable losses from the simple fact, that he could not summon up 
resolution to meet his customers. 

He had tried a great many of the usual remedies in such cases, but 
without any benefit whatever; and just before he came to me he had 
been to a party who ordered him to get his head shaved, and then, after 
having the head powdered with some reddish stuff (which he thought 

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was common salt very finely powdered and coloured) cold water was 
poured over the iiead. This treatment^ far from being an agreeable one, 
he tried for two months, when, finding that he was not in the least 
improved he gave it up. He then accidentally saw one of my pamphlets 
at a friend's house, and he thought he would try G-alvanism. on the 
principle, said he, "that a drowning man catches at a straw/' 

His tongue was thickly coated, teeth much discoloured, and breath 
exceedingly offensive ; eye-sight very weak, and when he attempted to 
read, the lines would apparently run one into another in such i manner 
that, before he would get half through the first line, he would be reading 
a part of the fourth or fifth line. The primary cause of his complaint 
was domestic unhappiness. 

As he complained of shooting pains in his spine, I drew one of the 
poles of the apparatus slowly up and down the spine, and desired him to 
tell me whether there was any part in which he felt the vibrations more 
or less than in other parts of the spine. When I came to a certain part 
of it, he said he did not feel it at all. I now increased the power until 
he felt it distinctly in that spot, and then moved the pole to the other 
parts, but he could not bear it ; I therefore again applied it to the torpid 
spot, and continued doing so daily until I made that part as sensitive as 
the other parts. Now, a healthy person would feel the Galvanism just 
as much in one part of the spine as in another part ; hence every medical 
man must see the great value of this agent in discovering, ly an unerring 
test, the part of the spine which is at fault. What other agent could have 
done it ? It is easy enough to find out an infiamed part of the spine by 
the application of hot water, but a torpid part cannot be discovered with 
such accuracy by any agent as by the application of the galvanic 
apparatus. G-alvanism would discover the inflamed part much better, 
and with considerably less pain, than the application of hot water, hut 
no trashy apparatus must he used for such a purp>ose. 

It was full a fortnight before I got this torpid part of the spine to as 
sensitive a state as the other parts, and not the least improvement did 
we notice until it got fully aroused. From that time the patient 
continued to improve, and in less than a month he could attend com- 
fortably to his business. He remained under my treatment for two 
months, by which time he recovered his health in every w^ay. 


The subject of this case was a lady, about forty-five. After describing 
her symptoms to me, she asked me if it was possible for Galvanism to do 
her any harm, if it did no good. I told her that she need not fear. With 
this assurance she was satisfied, when I instructed my female attendant 
where to apply the Galvanism. She suffered much from shortness of 
breath, headache, confusion of ideas, and general debility, to such an 
extent that she could scarcely walk a dozen yards. Tongue very foul 
and blood exceedingly imj^ure, shoiuing its impurity hy frequent eruptions 
on the face. 

My object in this case was to increase the vitality of the whole system, 
and I applied the Galvanism accordingly. In three weeks she was able 
to walk quite briskly, for at this time she returned to her home in the 
country, and surprised her husband and family by getting out of the 
carriage with the rest of them, and walked up a steep hill a quarter of a 
mile long. Her hiisband ridiculed the idea of her attempting it, but, to 
his astonishment, she accomplished it with perfect ease. 

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A medical gentleman, about forty, who had, within the last six 
months, returned from India, applied to me to be galvanised. He had 
occasionally used my apparatus in India, a friend of his having procured 
one from me. He informed me that it always had a beneficial effect on 
him, and that they were invaluable in hot climates. He also told me 
that if they were more generally used in India, particularly for liver 
complaints, that the practice of giving enormous doses of mercury, there 
administered in such cases, would be put an end to, as he himself had 
witnessed very extraordinary effects produced by my machine in such com- 

Since he had been in England he had been living a very gay life ; 
scarcely a day passing without his visiting theatres, balls, and concerts, 
and dining out three or four times a week. When he applied to me, he 
was completely ''^used up ; " so languid, that it was a difficulty for him to 
walk even a quarter of a mile. Like Sir Charles Coldstream in the play, 
he had seen everything, and had carried excitement to such a height, that 
now there was " nothing in it." His appetite was gone ; head giddy ; 
refreshing sleep not known for months ; no energy to do the most trifling 
thing, excepting to he incessantly smoking cigars. He came to me with the 
greatest faith that Galvanism would soon put him to rights, and I am 
happy to say he Avas not mistaken. In a fortnight he was quite an 
altered man ; and before the month expired he told me he considered 
himself so well, that a week at Brighton would put him all to rights. A 
fev^' months after this he called on me for an apparatus to take to India 
with him. 

The above are a few cases of this class of diseases. First and last, I 
must have had with me many hundreds of such cases, the majority of 
them, although proved to be quite incura^ble by the usual medical reme- 
dies, having been readily cured by my system. One invalid I had 
brought to me whose case was considered to be a complaint of the womb, 
and who had undergone all sorts of tortures by the most eminent medical 
men in London and elsewhere. She was almost as helpless as an infant, 
and could not keep her head erect for weakness. By the assistance of a 
person on each side of her, she managed to get from the carriage to my 
consulting room, and even this little exertion completely prostrated her, 
as we found she could not sit in the chair without being held there. That 
the womb was affected I had no doubt ; but I considered that an effect, 
not a cause, and I gave it as my opinion that the complaint was simply 
one of " deficiency of nervous energy." As it was such a bad case, I told 
her I did not expect much improvement for a month or six weeks. To 
her surprise and my own a rapid improvement took place from the first 
day, so rapid, indeed, that in a fortnight she ica3 walMyig about Kensington 
vjithout any assistance whatever. At the end of a month, she returned to 
the country cured. 

Before she left she said to me, ^'^ Had I but known of your remedy when 
first I was taken ill, what tortures and expense I might have saved 
myself ! " This lady's illness was caused by a protracted and difficult 
duldbirth; hence, I suppose, the reason of her medical men considering 
it a complaint of the womb. The fact is, this severe confinement so 
exhausted the system of nervous energy, that no medicines or operations 
could restore it. The galvanic apparatus was the only fountain from 

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which it conld be obtained, and when the patient was placed in contact 
with it, the body absorbed its life-giving* fluid as a sponge absorbs water. 
Spinal Complaints. 
I have had many cases of spinal complaints under my care, and have 
been very successful; but I do not remember a single case of spinal 
curvature, excepting where the curvature was very trifling indeed, in 
which I have succeeded in removing the deformity. 


A gentleman, about thirty, whilst getting off an omnibus, missed his 
hold, and fell on his back. He supposed there must have been a stone 
in the road, as he felt the blow only in the centre of the back. When he 
applied to me, he was in great pain in this part of the spine, and in 
walking (which he could do but very badly), he was compelled to stoop 
forward, as, if he attempted to stand upright, the pain was most excru- 
ciating. He had been in this state about fifteen months, and was almost 
wholly confined to his sofa, being propped up in various positions, in 
order to obtain ease. His legs and feet were getting paralysed, and 
almost continually asleep, giving the '^ pins and needles '' sensation. As 
may be supposed, his general health was much out of order, and he had 
not known what a refreshing night's rest was since his accident. Various 
remedies had been tried, but nothing seemed to do him good. His last 
medical man recommended Galvanism, and wanted to apply it to him, 
but he preferred coming to me. 

On trying the spine, with a very weak current of Galvanism, T found 
the part where he thought he had fallen on a stone so very sensitive that 
the weakest pbwer could not be borne. I therefore was compelled to get 
as near the spot as possible, without causing the least pain to the 
patient. For nearly three weeks we did not notice any improvement, 
but at the expiration of a month the patient could stand upright, although 
with some difficulty. In another week, he could not only stand upright, 
but walk whilst in that position. At this time the tenderness in his back 
had quite vanished, so that I could apply the Galvanism to the whole of 
it. His general health was now rapidly improving, his sleep was sound 
and refreshing, and he could remain sitting up in a chair all day. 
Without going into further particulars, I will state that he remained 
with me three months, by which time his health was perfectly restored. 


A lady, of middle age, had suffered from curvature of the spine for 
many years. She remained with me three months, in hopes that we 
should see some improvement in the curvature, but this not taking place, 
we discontinued the Galvanism. When she first applied to me, her 
general health was much deranged. She informed me that she had a 
continual feeling of lassitude, that the least exertion exhausted her, and 
that the bottom of her spine was one continual ache, with occasionally 
darting pains all over the spine. When young, she had been screwed up 
in a spinal machine, and put to great pain by means of it, but without 
the least beneficial result. Now, although Galvanism did no good to the 
curvature, it so strengthened the whole of the spinal nerves, that before 
she left me she was able to walk six and eight miles a day without 
feeling much fatigue, and her aches and pains had vanished. Her 
general health, she informed me, was better than it had been for many 
years before, as may be easily supposed from the fact of her increased 

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A lady came to me with her daughter, aged about twenty. She had 
been educated at a boarding school, and nearly the whole of the time she 
had been there, and ever since she had left it, she suffered severely from 
pains in the spine ; sometimes dull, aching pains ; at other times sharp, 
darting pains ; and at other times as if a worm was crawling from the top 
to the bottom of the spine. She felt tired with the least exertion, 
digestion very weak, eyes exceedingly dull, and spirits very depressed. 
She had been under the care of several medical men without deriving 
the least benefit ; one of them applied a large blister to her spine, 
another painted it with iodine, another confined her to her sofa for 
six months in one position, and advised friction with the bare hand 
several times a day ; another had it well rubbed with cod liver oil, and 
administered it internally as well; whilst another ordered her to go 
through a course of gymnastics — but all in vain. On her first visit to 
me I could not prevail on her to undergo the process, although her 
mother entreated her to do so, and a friend of hers (an old patient of 
mine) had told her the sensation from my galvanic apparatus was not in 
the least an unpleasant one. It appeared she had visited the Polytechnic 
Institution, where she had received the power of a very strong apparatus, 
and had imagined that the sensation from mine was precisely the same. 
The following day she again came, and, after some time, I prevailed on 
her to feel the sensation in her hands, when, finding it was not at all 
what she expected, she consented to have the power applied to her spine. 
I found it in a very irritable state, and had to apply the Galvanism very 
weak indeed. The bottom of the spine was so very tender that my 
female attendant could not apply it there for about a fortnight, at which 
time it became less sensitive, and from that day the patient began to 
improve, and continued improving so rapidly that in six weeks she was 
quite free from pain, and could walk many miles in the course of the 
day. When she had been with me about three weeks, the dullness in her 
eyes disappeared, and they became quite bright. Her digestive powers 
at this time were also much improved. The difference in her appearance, 
from the time she first applied to me to the time when she left, viz., six 
weeks, was so great, that her mother, who had a coloured photograph of 
her taken a few days before she applied to me, had another taken just 
after she left me. She was so struck with the difference that she called 
to let me see them. No stranger could possibly have supposed it was 
the same person. One was a thin, emaciated, sallow, sickly-looking 
countenance ; the other one a full, blooming, and healthy countenance. 
Accidental Injuries. 

During my practice I have had a vast variety of accidental cases, such 
as railway accidents, falls from omnibuses, falls on the pavements, falls 
of heavy substances from ships' masts, buildings, &c., producing painful 
nervous affections, sprains, loss of power of arms and legs, &c., in most 
of which cases I have found Oalvanism quite successful after other reme- 
dies had failed. 

Some time since a lady came to me from the neighbourhood of South- 
ampton, who met with a sad accident to her knee from her being thrown 
down by a dog on a railway platform. She was eating a bun, when 
passing by the part of the platform where a dog was chained up, and was 
much stai-tled by the dog making a spring at the bun. In her fright she 
stumbled over the chain, and in falling injured her knee so severely that 
she was confined to her bed for eight months, suffering the most excru- 

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elating agonies. Everything that could be t bought of by her usual 
medical attendant was resorted to — leeches, blisters, applications of 
caustic, mustard-poultices. Sec. — but all in vain. At last Galvanism was 
recommended, when a practitioner attended her with a machine he called 
an electro-magnetic apparatus, but the pains were so much increased by 
it, that she soon discontinued his services. She was now persuaded to 
visit London in order to place herself under my care^, which, with great 
difficulty, she accomplished. 

She came to my house in a cab with her daughter, and by the help of 
two crutches and the assistance of the cabman and her daughter, she 
entered my consulting-room. On examining the knee I found it swollen 
and exquisitely tender, with the leg and foot icy cold, I gave it as my 
opinion that if I could restore the circulation in the leg (and which I had 
no doubt about), that nature would restore the knee without doing any- 
thing whatever to it. I accordingly applied the Gralvanism to restore 
the lost circulation to the leg. For two or three days we saw no improve- 
ment, but by the end of the week the leg and foot felt considerably 
warmer, and the knee became less painful, the patient's appetite im- 
proved, and refreshing sleep was again enjoyed. I continued as I began, 
and by the end of another week the patient could throw away both 
crutches, and actually ivalked several 7niles about the city ivith the assistance 
of a stick only. At the end of the month she did not require even the 
stick_, when she returned to her home with one of my machines, to use it 
in her f a-mily when necessary. Now in this case I never once operated 
on the knee, as I felt confident that when the blood was made to flow in 
an uninterrupted manner in the leg, that nature would do everything 
that was necessary to restore the knee to health. The blood flowed freely 
through the leg, and with it came the life-principle, throwing off disease 
and giving health. "VVhac tortures may not this lady have avoided had 
she applied to me in the first instance ! 

Eye Diseases. 

I may as well commence this article by stating that I have had many 
cases of total blindness under my care, hut in not one single case have I 
succeeded in hringmg hack the sight. 

Where the blindness is but partial I very frequently succeed, but 
candour compels me to confess I also frequently fail ; still. Galvanism 
should be tried in all cases of x^artial blindness, as it may succeed, and 
judiciously applied, it cannot possibly do harm. In those cases where I 
am successful I invariably notice some little improvement at the end of 
a month ; if there is none noticed at that time, I advise the patient to 
discontinue the Galvanism. I sometimes notice an improvement from 
the first operation. 


A gentleman, about forty-five, applied to me for the purpose of being 
galvanised, he having been recommended to me by his oculist. His was 
a case of imperfect gutta serena, the puj^il of the eye was much dilated, 
but an indifferent observer would not have noticed that the patient 
suffered at all from blindness. 

I placed letters an inch long before him, but he could not name any 
one letter correctly. On inquiry, I ascertained that he had been in the 
habit of using a microscope for several months daily, before he noticed 
that his sight was at all impaired ; I, therefore, concluded that that was 
the primary cause of his complaint. When he first applied to me, how- 
ever^ his stomach was in a very deranged state, owing^ no dcubt, to the 

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large quantity of medicine he liad made use of ; indeed, this was the 
opinion of the oculist who sent him to me. My first endeavour was, 
therefore, to restore his stomach to a healthy state. 

I advised him to leave off all medicines, and to try Galvanism alone. 
This he consented to, and my first operation was confined to his spine 
and stomach. At the end of the week, noticing a great improvement in 
the digestive powers, I applied the Galvanism twice a-day, once to the 
spine and stomach as before, and once to the eyes. From the third 
operation to the eyes we noticed a daily improvement, and before a fort- 
night had expired the patient could read every letter distinctly which I 
had first tried him with. In another week, he could name letters half 
the size, and from that time he continued to improve so rapidly that in 
ten weeks I considered him well enough to go into the country for a 
change. Three months after this he called on me, and read to me a 
portion of a column of a daily newspaper, selecting the smallest-size 

My opinion is, that if I had neglected to strengthen the digestive 
powers, I might have galvanised his eyes for six months before the 
least improvement would have been noticed, and most probably not even 


I relate the following case for the purpose of showing the folly of 
practitioners devoting their whole attention to local application to the 
eyes, and leaving the cause untouched. 

A gentleman, about thirty, had suffered from amaurosis for fourteen 
months, and, in addition to this, the hearing, taste, and smell were also 
affected. He had not the least power to raise the eyelids, but when they 
were raised, they would remain so for a few minutes. His medical man 
had been for eight weeks galvanising his eyes, nose, and tongue. He 
might as well have galvanised his great toe. The patient^s illness 
was produced by a long course of dissipation, and he had been taking 
various preparations of mercury for several years past. After I heard 
his tale, I told him that Galvanism should certainly be tried ; but, whether 
I could cure him would be very doubtful. I considered it likely I could 
be of some service to him, if not much. He hoped I would proceed very 
gently with him, as his late medical man had put him to such tortures 
with a machine not a quarter the size of mine that he dreaded the 
operation with my large one. I desired him not to be timid, as I should 
not give him the least unpleasant sensation. Noticing the size of my 
machine, he could not understand this, but he was soon convinced of the 
fact. As in the former case, I requested him to stop taking physic ; and 
instead of applying the Galvanism to his eyes, nose, and tongue, as his 
medical man had done, I applied it in such a manner as to increase the 
vitality of the whole system. 

For nearly a month we did not notice the least improvement ; but a 
few days after the commencement of the fifth week he had power to lift 
his eyelids, and at the same time he noticed an improvement in his smell 
and taste. 

The eyesight was not so bad as the former case, but very nearly so. 
It was full two months before we noticed the least improvement in the 
sight ; but at that period he commenced getting better, and by the time 
he had been under my treatment three months he could read tolerably 
small print. I cannot say I cured him, but he left me a very different 
man to what he was when he came to me. 

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A young lady had been partially blind in the right eye for about two 
years, and during the last few months the other began to be affected. 
The cause she attributed to intense application to painting. As her 
general health was remarkably good, I applied the Galvanism direct to 
the eyes, and in one week the eye which had been lately affected, 
recovered its full power of sight ; but the other was more stubborn, as it 
was full six weeks before any material improvement was noticed. She 
remained with me another fortnight, when, noticing no further improve- 
ment, I advised her to discontinue the Galvanism. Had she come to me 
a year sooner, I have no doubt I should have perfectly restored the sight 
in this eye also. As it was, it was considerably improved. 

About a year after this a patient, who came to me through her 
recommendation, informed me that the left eye was still perfectly 
well, and the other, the lady considered, was better than when she left 


If invalids knew the value of Galvanism in diabetes, when applied by- 
means of a good apparatus, they would immediately resort to it. Halse's 
Apparatus has done wonders in this complaint. 


In asthmatic complaints. Galvanism is an extraordinary remedy, but 
it must be applied by means of a good apparatus, which allows the 
quantity current to pass through the body of the patient as well as the 
induced current. The small, low-priced machines, with a single pair of 
plates, or those machines which are worked by turning a wheel, are 
quite useless in this complaint, as they are in all other complaints. 

Dr Wilson Philip, in his work on the *' Vital Functions,"' recommends 
Galvanism in particular for asthma. Invalids will be astonished at its 
beneficial effects in this complaint. I have frequently known patients 
who may be said to be gasping for life breathing calmly and freely after 
they have been under the Galvanism for only 15 or 20 minutes. To all 
asthmatic patients I say, try Galvanism. 

The Diseases of India. 

Liver complaints being so very common in India, I would advise all 
persons intending to go there to take a good Galvanic Apparatus with 
them, as the necessity of resorting to calomel will be thereby avoided. I 
have sent many hundreds of my machines to India during the last thirty 
years, and many Indian officers on their return to England have called 
on me to say how invaluable my machines have been to them whilst in 
that hot climate. I am constantly receiving orders from parties in India 
who have been recommended by those who are using my machines. 
Persons now in India, and also those intending to go there, may rest 
assured that the cost of the apparatus will be money well laid out. 
Many have told me, that whilst others have been resorting to enormous 
doses of calomel, and thereby ruining their constitutions, they have kept 
their liver and digestive organs in good condition without any medicine 
whatever, by simply resorting to my Galvanic Apparatus. Many ladies, 
on their return to England, have informed me of the extraordinary 
effect of my apparatus in nervous debility and lowness of spirits, after 
all medicine had failed. 

Skin Diseases, Scurvy, Eruptions, and Ulcers. 

I have found Galvanism very valuable in the above complaints ; but 
for ulcers in the legs of long duration I have always remarked that an 

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application of a week or two does no good, whilst several months* daily 
application of the apparatus makes the most extraordinary cures. I have 
known large, biting, ghastly ulcers of twenty years' duration perfectly 
cured by my Galvanic Apparatus. 

The reason Galvanism cures the abDve complaints is, because it purifies 
the blood and restores the circulation to those parts where it is defective. 
Can this be wondered at when it is known that the galvanic fluid is 
the grand agent of vitality ? 

Many persons will, I expect, ridicule the idea of consumption being 
curable ; but let them say what they please, this I know^ that I have 
cured scores of cases which have been described by medical men as 
** cases of consumption/* and also that I have prolonged the lives of 
many for several years who have had only a few weeks or months 
allowed them by their medical attendants to remain on this side the 

If the complaint has progressed to the last stages, I admit that neither 
Galvanism nor any other remedy will cure the patient ; still, it will pro- 
bably be of great service even in such cases, and may therefore be the 
means of prolonging life. It cannot do any harm, and may do good. It 
is, however, only in the first stages of the complaint, that I contend that 
Galvanism will effect a cure. 

Writer's Cramp. 
Everyone suffering from Writer's Cramp should resort to Galvanism 
beyond all things. It is a great remedy in such cases. Sufferers will 
not regret trying it. 

In Stiff Necks, Stiff Joints, and Epilepsy, I have also been very 
fortunate ; but in Epilepsy the Galvanism has generally to be applied 
for three months before much improvement is noticed. It will, there- 
fore, be much the cheapest plan for such patients to purchase an 

In cases of Female Irregularities, Galvanism is a great remedy, as 
it is also for Loss of Muscular Power in any Part. 

In the preceding pages I have purposely omitted mentioning certain 
complaints in which I have found Galvanism an invaluable remedy, as 
it would not be right to refer to them in this pamphlet. Those persons, 
therefore, who may be suffering from complaints not mentioned here, can 
write me. Let them enclose a stamped directed envelope for reply. 
There is no remedy equal to Galvanism, when applied by means of a 
good Galvanic Apparatus. 

The late Mr Coulson, F.S.A., the eminent Consulting Surgeon of St 
Mary's Hospital, was a great advocate of Galvanism for loss of muscular 
power, and was continually recommending patients to me ; indeed, scarcely 
a week passed but I should have several of his patients under my galvanic 
treatment. Fortunately for them, Mr Coulson was one of those unpre- 
judiced medical men who would not hesitate a moment to recommend 
Galvanism in cases where he found medicines fail. In nearly all the 
cases he sent to me Galvanism proved successful, many of them being of 
such long duration that Mr Coulson was much surprised at the rapidity 
of the patients' recovery. Did invalids know the great, I may say extra- 
ordinary remedial powers of Galvanism in cases of loss of muscular 
power in any part of the body, they would at once resort to it, even in 

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the most stubborn cases. Depend upon it, invalids will not regret tryincr 
it, whether the case be simply loss of power in any particular part. 
General Paralysis, or Local Paralysis. When I mention the word 
'' Galvanism," I mean it to be procured from an apparatus so constructed 
that a galvanic current shall circulate through the body of the patient as 
well as the current which is known by the name of ''the induced curreyit," 
the latter being quite useless without the former current. The small 
low-priced machines, which are now so common, have only '' the induced 
current," and are quite useless for remedial jourijoses. They are very well 
as toys ; nothing else. 

Loss OF Power in Legs and arms. 
I have had numerous cases where the muscular j)ower in l:)oth arms 
and legs has been very deficient, and in some cases so much so that the 
invalids have been all but helpless. My apparatus has performed 
wonders in such cases, and everyone so afflicted should resort to G-al- 
vanism, even if every other remedy has been tried. As I have, however, 
before stated, it will be quite useless to try Galvanism with any machine 
that does not allow the quantittj current as well as the induced current to 
pass through the body of the patient whilst under the galvanic process. 
My apparatus has both these currents. (See pages 8, 9, 10, 32, 33, and 
44 to 50). 


Just as I was about sending this pamphlet to the printer, the following 
letter arrived, and as the case is an extraordinary one I insert it. 
Invalids suffering from all or any of the above complaints, will see the 
necessity of resorting to Galvanism by means of " Halse's Galvanic 
Apparatus,'^ after the usual treatment and other galvanic machines 
have failed : — 

" Station Terrace, Cramlington, Northumberland. 

September 14, 1883. 

" Sir, — I received your pamphlet on Tuesday. As my mother's case 
appears to me to have been as serious as any mentioned in it, I deem it 
right to let you know of it. For about IS months she was confined to 
her bed, unable even to turn herself, so that she had to be waited upon 
day and night. The pain she suffered in her back was excruciating. She 
not only had no power to move her limbs, but had lost all feehng in 
them. Different medical men were employed, but none of them could 
either mitigate the pain or restore muscular power. 

" A^our advertisement was seen, and your apparatus procured. Closely 
following your directions — which were very plain — my mother was regu- 
larly galvanised twice a day. The first improvement we noticed was 
that she could distinguish between heat and cold, and also that she could 
move her feet ; and eventually she vras able not only to leave her bed 
and go from room to room^ but also to take outdoor walking exercise- 
Moreover, she was altogether free from the excruciating pains in her 
back. " From vours very truly, 

''J. McDouGAL.^' 
Eemarks on the above Case. 

It will be noticed that, with the exception of most excruciating pains 
in the back, there was no feeling whatever, and that the nerves of sensa- 
tion were as completely paralysed as the nerves of motion ; also that 
the lady had been confined to her bed in this helpless state for 18 

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months. The gentleman says his mother " not only had no power to 
move her limbs, but had lost all feeling in them/' This is an evident 
proof that both sets of nerves were completely paralysed. A patient of 
mine, to whom I read the letter, remarked, '' Why, the cure is 
more like a miracle than a cure by natural means." Yes, he was right ; 
and if invalids would resort to Galvanism in all apparently hopeless 
cases, they would soon be convinced that there is no agent in nature 
which ]3ossesses such curative powers as Galvanism when applied by 
means of a good apparatus. Slany of the cures made by means of 
" Halse's Galvanic Apparatus "' are indeed ^' more like miracles than 
cures by natural means ! '* 

The following being an extraordinary case, T insert it : — 
A lady, about forty years of age, had suffered from asthma for nine 
years. She had tried a great variety of remedies without producing the 
least beneficial result. So bad was she, that a medical man who was 
with me at the time as a patient, asked me if I really thought I could be 
of any service to her, as she a20]pearecl to him to he in a consumption. I 
told him I did not know, but that the probability was, I should not. 
I gave her no hopes whatever, and advised her to return to the country. 
She, however, came to London on purpose to be galvanised, and no per- 
suasion could prevail on her to return without trying it. 

My medical patient, having formed an acquaintance with the lady pre- 
vailed on her to allow him to be present during each operation, that he 
might watch the progress of the case. I applied the Galvanism to the 
spine and stomach, and for the first few operations we noticed no im- 
provement, with the exception that when she had been under the opera- 
tion for about ten minutes, her hreathing became quite easij and the cough 
was much relieved ; but this improvement did not last, and the difficulty 
of breathing and the frequency of the cough returned within an hour of 
the operation. I, therefore, looked at this result as of no consequence, 
although she was just of a contrary opinion, and would frequently ex- 
claim, " Oh ! how^ delightful it is to be able to breathe freely ! " She an- 
ticipated, with the greatest pleasure, the arrival of the time when the 
Galvanism was to be applied. The tenth day she came to me she said, 
''1 am thankful to inform you I am much better, for not only did my diffi- 
culty of breathing not return for full three hours after I left you, hut I 
was ahle to lie doum in my hed last night, a thing I have not done for years 
before." She had previously told me she could not rest until her back and 
head were raised very high with pillows. Another important sign of im- 
provement I noticed, which was, that her spine, which had before felt very 
chilly, as if cold water were trickling down it, became comfortably warm. 
My medical patient, who heard her give me the above account, and 
noticed how freely she was breathing, now altered his oiDinion, and said 
that he really thought I should cure her. I am happy to say he was 
right, as from that day she continued to improve : she had no occasion 
to be bolstered up at night, the accumulation of phlegm was consider- 
ably decreased, the cough disappeared, and in six weeks she returned to 
her husband in the country nearly restored to perfect health. 


Galvanism should be resorted to beyond all things in such cases. I 
have frequently known it succeed after all other means had failed. It 
is, however, essentially necessary that a good machine be used, one that 

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the weakest power may scarcely be felt by the child, and which will 
allow the power to be increased very gradually. I have had many children 
with me who have been galvanised by other practitioners in such a 
painful manner that, according to the accounts given by the mothers 
and nurses, they have commenced crying with all their might from the 
beginning to the end of every operation. Is it any wonder no good was 
done by such practitioners ? Such tortures calculate to make the poor 
children worse instead of better. I know it has done so in numerous 
cases that I have had. I always can tell when the children have been 
put to such tortures, as they commence screaming the moment they 
know something is about to be done to them, evidently expecting the 
tortures they have previously been put to. How different is all this when 
the child is galvanised by means of my apparatus ! The child, feeling no- 
thing unpleasant, soon stops crying, and begins to play with its toys, or is 
amused with a picture book. While doing this, the power of the apparatus 
is very gradually increased, but never enough to make the child cry. In 
all my experience, I never knew strong shocks do any good, but rather 
the reverse, as the pain produced and the crying are the means of making 
the child weaher instead of stronger. I cannot too strongly advise parents 
to be exceedingly cautious how they allow their children to be galvanised 
by means of machines which torture the poor children during every 
operation. A m:ld, gentle current of the galvanic fluid is all that is 
necessary, but the apparatus must be so constructed as to allow the 
quantity current to flow through the body of the child, as well as the 
very mild and gentle induced current. My machine supplies both these 
currents in such a mild form as not to cause the child to have the least 
dread of the operation. 

Many aged persons, both male and female, have remarked to me that 
they have reason to believe my apparatus has added several years to 
their lives. An old gentleman recently called on me who was a patient 
with me above twelve years since. I, at that time, galvanised him for three 
or four weeks, when he took with him one of my machines so as to gal- 
vanise himself at his own residence. I remarked to him that he was 
looking younger than he did when he was with me twelve years ago. He 
replied that his friends frequently made a similar remark to him and 
also that the older he got the younger he looked. " Yes,'^ he said, " I be- 
lieve I have to thank your apparatus for it. I call it 'my box of health.* 
The fact is, when I first applied to you, I thought it was a regular break- 
up of my constitution, and as I had tried physic and hydropathy without 
the least benefit, I had little hopes of anything being of service to me ; 
but a friend of mine, to whom you had been of great service, so strongly 
recommended me to you, that 1 consented to try your Galvanism, and I 
am happy and thankful to say that I have never regretted it. Whenever 
I feel the least unwell, I fly to my box of health — that is, your appara- 
tus — and I soon find myself all right again. Yes, I believe it has added 
years to my life." Similar remarks to the above are frequently made to 
me. I would strongly advise all aged persons, and particularly those 
who fancy that there is a '' break-up of the constitution," to immediately 
have recourse to a good Galvanic Apparatus, and they may rest assured 
they will not regret it. The galvanic fluid will give extra vitality to 
the whole system, and by so doing will give strength and energy to every 
part of the body, and produce good refreshing sleep. 

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Wm. h. halse, 


WarivicJc Lodge, No. 40, Addison Uoad, Kensington, London, 

The following are a few of the letters which have appeared in the 
Christian World and other papers : — 

Letter I 

Invalids are continually asking me to explain the difference between 
my machines and the small ones which are usually sold by shopkeepers. 
I will reply to this question as plainly as possible ; and, in order to make 
myself better under stood, I will, before speaking of my own machines, 
describe the small ones. 

I will suppose the reader to have before him one or two pairs of plates, 
which is the usual number in these small machines. Now, take two 
lengths of wire, say 100 yards each, which must be thoroughly covered 
with cotton or silk. Wind one of the lengths round a bobbin, and let 
the two ends project a few inches. Call this the primary coil. Cover 
thi^ coil with paper. Now, take the other length of wire and wind it 
round the bobbin on the top of the paper, taking care that this upper 
coil does not touch the primary coil. Let a yard from each end project, 
and to which join two metallic handles. Call this the secondary coil. 

It will be evident from this arrangement that the secondary coil can 
have no communication whatever with the primary coil, and persons 
unacquainted with Galvanism will scarcely believe that this secondary 
coil can produce shocks unless the two ends of the wire be joined to the 
plates. Shocks, however, can be produced; and, in order to prove it> 
proceed as follows : — Let a person hold the two metallic handles which 
are united to the secondary coil in his hands, whilst another person joins 
one end of the primary coil to the zinc end of the battery, and keeps 
touching the silver end of the battery with the other end of the same 
coil. Every time contact is broken a shock will be felt from this 
secondary coil. The question may now be asked, "As the secondary 
coil has no communication whatever with either the primary coil or the 
battery, how can it be possible to receive shocks from it ? '' The answer 
is, that every time the priminary wire is connected and disconnected with 
the plates, an electric current flow^s around it, and induces a current in 
the upper or secondary coil, and which is the current felt by the party 
holding the handles. 

Thus it will be evident to every one that a patient under the influence 
of an apparatus constructed on the above principle cannot possibly 
receive the current produced by the plates, hut simply the induced or 
disturbed electricity of the secondary coil. It will also be evident that, 
whether one pair of plates or one hundred pair be used, no electricity 
from the plates can possibly pass through the body of the patient. 

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Well, then, the above is precisely the principle on which the cheap 
machines are constructed ; and, as the induced current from the 
secondary coil is useless as a remedial agent, so are also the small 
machines useless. 

For thirty years have I advocated the necessity and duty of medical 
men using no machinces but those which will allow the battery or quan- 
tity current to pass through the body of the patient ; experience having 
convinced me, during my very extensive jDractice, that, unless that 
current is allowed to circulate through the patient's body, no apparatus, 
whether called galvanic, electro-magnetic, or by any other name, can be 
of the least service. 

My apparatus is constructed on an entirely different principle, as the 
quantity current is made to circulate through the body of the patient 
during the whole time of the operation ; and hence the reason why my 
machines succeed in making cures in the most helpless cases, after other 
machines and all medicines have been tried in vain. It is not only 
that my machines allow the quantity current to be generated and used, 
that they differ from the cheap machines, but mine consist of more 
plates, which is essentially necessary to produce great cures. It has 
also such a beautifully constructed regulating apparatus, that the power 
can be administered to the greatest nicety ; can be made weak enough 
to galvanise the eye or ear without the least danger, or even uncom- 
f ortableness ; whilst the power can be increased sufficiently strong to 
put a paralysed limb into violent action. The power is not increased 
by leaps froin a weak power to a strong one, but slowly, gradually, and 

Many invalids apply to me, who have been operated on by prac- 
titioners who use the cheap machines, who, on seeing my apparatus, 
exclaim, '' they are sure they shall not be able to bear the power, as 
they could not b(»ar the power of the small ones.'' When, however, 
they are under the influence of mine, they are agreeably surprised to 
find that the shocks, or, more properly, vibrations, from my machines, 
are, instead of being painful, pleasurable, and produce a soothing, 
calming effect, frequently sending the patient to sleep. They cannot 
understand this, but I can ; the quantity current which they get from 
my apparatus being the soothing current, whilst the secondary induced 
current which they get from the cheap machines is the irritating current. 
If invalids would well consider the contents of this letter, they would 
not throw away their time and money by resorting to practitioners who 
"use these small trashy machines. As for the American machines, which 
consist of a wheel and a magnet, I expect the invalid public have long 
since had enough of them. 

I will conclude by saying, that if invalids try Galvanism at all, they 
should try it with a perfect apparatus ; one which will allow the quantity 
current as well as the vibrations to circulate through the body, and 
which can be perfectly regulated. 

* Such an apparatus can be j^rocured direct from me, or patients can be 
galvanised at my residence. WILLIAM H. HALSE. 

Letter II. 
My letter, which appeared in the '^^ Christian World" of Jan. 19, 
appears to have attracted a great deal of attention, if I may judge by 
the numerous letters I have received respecting it. 

Many write me that they can now understand why my machines are 
so effectual in the cure of diseases, whilst the cheap machines are 

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valueless. One gentleman, to whom I have lately sent an apparatus^ 
says, '' If I had not tried your machine, I never could have believed 
there was such a difference in galvanic apparatus, for, although the 
sensation is something similar to the one my medical man has been 
using on me (and which of itself would lead many to believe that all 
galvanic machines are alike), I know that the soothing effects produced 
by your machine were never experienced by me from my doctor's, but 
just the contrary, as I always felt irritable and fidgety after the applica- 
tion of the latter." 

Another party, a lady, writes me as follows : — '' I hope to be in London 
shortly, when I will call to consult you on my complaint, which my own 
medical man calls neuralgia, and which a London doctor said was 
rheumatism. However, whatever it is, no one seems to do me any good. 
The pains are confined to my head, neck, and arms. I have tried 
galvanism without the least benefit ; but I much doubt if it has been 
prox^erly applied, as sometimes the man's apparatus would work, and 
another time it would not ; and then, in the most unexpected manner, it 
would work with the greatest violence, nearly tearing my head off. 
Since I read your letter in the ' Christian World,' I have discontinued 
the Gal\anism, as I now see it was one of those little valueless machines 
which you describe. I think they should be called torturing galvanic 
machines ; for I am sure it put me to torture enough, particularly after 
it got a fit of stopping five or ten minutes, as was frequently the case^ 
and then going on of its own accord without any one touching it. It 
really appeared as if it had a will of its own, to go or stop just when 
it pleased. The most annoying part of it was, however, that generally 
after one of these stoppages it would work as if it was mad, apparently 
to make up for lost time. At first it punished me dreadfully, but of late 
I watched it, and when it stopped I insisted on having the wires taken 
away until it had had its fit over.'' 

The above is a fair sample of the letters I have received. When 
one considers what wretched machines are used, and the bungling way in 
which they are applied to invalids, we need not wonder at the great dis- 
like many parties have to undergo the galvanic operation. In her letter 
this lady informs me that her digestive powers are so weak that it is 
with great difficulty she can retain anything on her stomach, the nausea 
commencing directly after eating. Now, as such was the case, what 
business had this operator to apply the wires to the lady's head ? The 
cause of her pains was indigestion, and the pain will continue until the 
stomach regains its power. This man operated on the head, instead of 
the spine and stomach ; he mistook effect for causes. The lady may 
consider herself fortunate if her pains were not increased by his so-called 
galvanic operations. As to the spasmodic fits of the machine which she 
describes, I can believe every word she says, as I have frequently heard 
similar accounts. 

There are some practitioners who make a boast of the great strength 
of their machines, foolishly imagining that the stronger the machine, the 
quicker the cure. Never was an idea more fallacious. Nature acts mildly; 
any gaivaniser, therefore, who does not follow nature, by taking her for 
his guide, will do more harm than good. 

About twenty years ago I had a call from one of the greatest physicians 
of that day — the late Sir Charles Clarke, Bart. He told me he had heard 
that I applied Galvanism in a very mild form, and that, before he intro- 
duced a very distinguished person to me, he wished to ascertain for him- 

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self whether such was the case. I explained to him my system of applyino- 
Galvanism ; showed him wherein my machines differed from all others'^; 
pointed out to him the difference between the quantity-current and the 
shock-current ; demonstrated to him that my machines had both the 
quantity and shock-currents, and that the small machines had only the 
shock-current ; convinced him that the quantity-current was the true 
remedial current ; and finished by telling him that my invariable plan 
was to administer the Galvanism very gently; in short, to commence 
with such a very weak power that the patient can scarcely feel anythino-, 
and often doubts if he is under the galvanic operation at all ; and after 
that, to increase the power slowly until the patient feels it very distinctly 
but not in the least uncomfortably so. Sir Charles appeared perfectly 
satisfied, expressed himself as much pleased with my apparatus, and 
entirely concurred with me in my method of applying Galvanism. 
Praise from such a man I felt proud of. He then left. The next day 
. he again came, accompanied by his patient, the late Bishop of London. 
After this, I had many patients recommended to me by Sir Charles. 

Letter III. 
Galvanism. — How does Galvanism act in the Cure of Diseases ? This 
is a question that is daily put to me, and the following is my reply to 
it : —Galvanism first acts by arousing the nerves or organs from their 
torpid state, and then supplies those parts with nervous energy, until 
they have acquired such a healthy state as no longer to require this 
i9xtra supply. I will explain myself still further. In cases of asthma 
and indigestion, I find the nerves at the pit of the stomach or at the top 
of the spine are in such a torpid state that the patient can bear a great 
power without feeling the least uncomfortable. In the course of a few 
days, however, these nerves get aroused, and the patient cannot bear half 
the power. The nerves now conduct the galvanic fluid to those parts 
which are deficient of it, an extra secretion of gastric juice takes place, 
the accumulation of phlegm is prevented, and thus both the digestion 
and breathing are improved. By-and-bye the nerves get into a still 
more active state, and the body now generates a sufficient supply of 
nervous influence for all its functions. This is how Galvanism acts in 
cases of indigestion and asthma. It acts differently, however, in some 
oases of sciatica and rheumatism, particularly in chronic cases ; here it 
acts by removing the obstructions which the nervous fluid meets with in 
its passage along the nerves ; for it must be remembered that the nervous 
fluid travels quicker than even light, and it can be easily imagined that 
wherever there is an obstruction to its passage, in that spot there must 
be a pain. In paralysis, how does it act ? Just the same as it does in 
cases of indigestion, or a paralysed stomach; for such it is. It first 
arouses the nerves into action, and then supplies them with nervous 
energy. Take a bar of iron, bend it into the shape of a horseshoe, coil 
some covered copper wire round it ; try its magnetic power ; it has none ; 
it wants galvanic or nervous energy. Now apply the ends of the wire to 
a galvanic battery, again try its magnetic power, and, lo ! it will sustain 
a great weight. The ungalvanised iron is the paralysed limb, the 
powerless limb ; the galvanised iron the healthy limb, the powerful limb. 
The great beauty of Galvanism is, that in nineteen cases out of twenty 
it shows its beneficial effects before the patient has been with me a 
fortnight, and in ordinary cases I find three or four weeks' Galvanism 
quite sufficient. How different this from all other systems My recent 

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cures of obstinate oases of indigestion have been so astonishino^ as to 
astonish myself ; and I contend that no man or woman who suffers from 
this distressing malady should neglect a moment to try the remedial 
powers of Galvanism. Indigestion is indeed a distressing malady ; it is 
the cause of tic-doulouieux, sciatica, most nervous complaints, neuralgia, 
headaches, dimness of sight, defective hearing, in short, of almost every 
complaint. I have had patients with the sensation of a hundred weight 
on the top of the head ; others as if their brains were continually stirred 
up with a spoon ; others, again, with to ids, serpents, and all sorts of 
noisome reptiles continually before their eyes ; and others with a con- 
tinual discharge of artillery inside their heads ; with an endless variety 
of the oddest sensations imaginable, and which it would be almost 
impossible for a person who has been in a state of continual health to 
have any idea of. Now, in all these cases I have found that the cause 
Tvas a derangement of the digestive organs, and in proportion as the 
organs were restored to health so would all those odd fancies vanish. 

To all persons suffering from indigestion, costiveness, paralysis, liver 
complaints, loss of sleep, rheumatism, neuralgia, or a deficiency of vitality 
in any part, my advice is to resort to Galva^iism, and they will be 
astonished at the result. Electricity is the life of all things ; therefore 
a good Galvanic apparatus, capable of generating this vital fluid in 
abundance, should be kept in the house of every man or woman who can 
afford to purchase one. 

Letter IV. 

Galvanism a Powerful Remedy in Cases of Indigestion. — When 
we lose power in a limb we know that the nerve which leads from the 
spine to the limb has ceased to perform its functions ; the nerve is 
paralysed, the muscles to which it leads are paralysed, and, as a neces- 
sary consequence, the limb which possesses those muscles is paralysed 
also. Arouse the nerve from its morbid state, so that it may transmit 
nervous influence to the muscle, and the nerve is no longer paralysed. 
It will sound very strange to say that in cases of indigestion the stomach 
is paralysed, but such is, nevertheless, the fact. It is the nervous fluid 
which gives strength to the muscles of the stomach; the secretion of 
gastric juice depends entirely on the supply of this fluid to the stomach. 
Cut off the supply of this fluid, by dividing the nerves from limb or 
stomach, and the strength of the limb is gone — the power of digestion 
has ceased. This is no theory ; it is founded on fact ; for that eminent 
physiologist, Dr Wilson Philip, made experiments on animals which 
left no doubt on the subject. The nerves which supply the stomach with 
nervous influence arise from the top of the spine : they are called the 
eighth pair ; and if they are divided so as to prevent the passage of the 
neiTvous fluid, it is found that digestion ceases on the instant. Now the 
doctor had long entertained the opinion that the galvanic fluid and the 
nervous fluid were identical ; and he concluded that, if he could con- 
tinue the process of digestion by sending a current of Galvanism through 
the divided nerves, there could be no longer any doubt that Galvanism 
was capable of performing the same functions as the nervous fluid itself 
when acting on the living body. The experiment was made and the 
result was that digestion went on fully as well in the stomach of a dog 
(the eighth pair of nerves being divided as above), by means of a supply 
of galvanic fluid to the stomach, as if the nerves haxi been left in a 

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perfect state. For tlie particulars of this experiment, I refer my readers 
to Dr Wilson Philip's work, entitled *' An Inquiry into the Laws of the 
Vital Functions." Invalids will now understand why Galvanism is such 
a powerful remedy in cases of indigestion. It acts in two ways ; it first 
arouses the dormant nerves into action, and then supplies those nerves 
with that of which they are deficient, viz., the nervous fluid. I can con- 
scientiously state that in this complaint I succeed nineteen times out 
of twenty, and even after every other remedy has been tried in vain. On 
some patients the effects of Galvanism in this complaint are really 
astonishing; for, after two or three operations the oppression and 
uneasiness after eating have vanished, acrid eructations no longer exist, 
appetite returns, refreshing sleep is welcomed, the depression of spirits 
has ceased, and the sallowness of the complexion is succeeded by the 
roseate tinge of health. That indigestion is now quite a fashionable 
complaint is well known ; but were the great power of Galvanism in this 
complaint equally well known, there would not be a gentleman's house 
in the whole kingdom without an efficient galvanic apparatus. In my 
pamphlet I state that, in old-standing cases of paralysis, I as frequently 
fail as succeed. This is a fact ; still I contend that Galvanism should 
be resorted to in the most dreadful cases of paralysis, for if it does not 
cure the patient of this complaint, it will wonderfully improve the 
general health. Many there are to whom I have supplied my galvanic 
apparatus who have informed me that, although not much benefit could 
be noticed in their long-standing paralytic complaint, yet it was 
astonishing how the general health had improved ; how they were 
now enabled to do without medicine ; how very much better they slept ; 
how the nervousness had left them, &c. The fact is. Galvanism in- 
crea-sed the digestive powers, and hence the reason of the improved state 
of health. The most unscientific will not have the least trouble in using 
my apparatus. 

Letter Y. 

Galvanism. — In my last letter I think I proved very clearly that the 
powers of the digestive organs depended principally on the supply of 
nervous influence to them, and also that the galvanic apparatus is 
capable of supplying that influence to those nerves which are deficient 
of it. I will now enter still further upon the subject, and will endeavour 
to prove that most of the diseases with which we are afflicted arise 
primarily from a diseased state of the digestive organs. When the food 
is received into the stomach, it is there submitted to the action of the 
gastric juice, the secretion of which commences on the instant the food 
comes in contact with its coats ; this juice converts the food into chyme, 
which is expelled by the contractile power of the stomach into the 
duodenum, where it meets with the bile and the pancreatic juice, by the 
action of which it is converted into a white fluid, called " chyle,'' and a 
thick yellow residue. The chyle is now taken up by the absorbent 
vessels, and is mixed with the general current of venous blood, which, 
after passing through the lungs, both chyle and venous blood are 
converted into red, arterial, nutritive blood, and which is now distributed 
by the heart through the arteries to supply strength and nourishment 
to every part of the body. This is the process of digestion described in 
a few words ; that is, it is the process which goes on in a healthy 
stomach, but it is very different in an unhealthy one. In the healthy 

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state there is just the quantity of gastric juice secreted to prepare blood 
for the wants of the system. It is not so in the diseased stomach. Food 
is swallowed ; a small secretion of gastric juice takes place ; a propor- 
tionate quantity of food is digested, and the remainder undergoes a 
state of fermentation. Ga^es are formed ; flatulency is the consequence ; 
acids are generated, and what is termed " heartburn " is the consequence. 
The food in a state of fermentation is either vomited, or escapes into 
the intestines, and which is the cause of the irritative excitement, the 
colicky pains and bowel complaints unfortunately too well known to 
need further description. Thus, then, it will be evident that there will 
not be that supply of new blood necessary to give strength to the various 
parts of the body ; for it is the blood that forms the bone ; it is the blood 
that repairs the waste of muscle, nerve, skin, and vessels. This waste 
is continually going on; it ne^er ceases; and unless the whole waste 
can be repaired disease must follow. There is a common saying in my 
native county (Devonshire) " That the worst spoke in the wheel creaks 
first," and, depend upon it, that whether that "spoke'* be the liver, 
lungs, or any other part, that will be the first attacked. Often do I hear 
the sufferer from indigestion, on his first visit, say to me, " Oh, sir, if 
you knew how wretched I feel, you would pity me. I have no energy, 
no resolution ; all my affairs are neglected, my mind seems incapable of 
the least exertion, my strength has vanished, both from mind and body." 
How can it be otherwise ? The waste is continually going on, and if it 
be not replaced, weakness must be the result. You may as well expect 
to get power in a steam engine without fire, as to get power in the brain 
and muscles without a healthy supply of new blood. The blood circu- 
lates in every part from the brain to the toes ; let it be impeded in its 
circulation, or vitiated in quality, and disease is the inevitable result. 
That Gralvanism will restore the digestive powers to their healthy state, 
I have proofs of daily ; and I can conscientiously state that I succeed 
nineteen times out of twenty. 

Professor of Medical Gralvanism, London. 

Letter VI. 

Halse's Portable Galvanic Apparatus. — To the Medical Profession 
and Invalids. — Both Medical men and patients are continually asking me 
to point out to them the difference between my machines and those small 
ones sold for three or four guineas each. The difference is this : the 
small ones have but one pair of plates, and have but three or four 
different powers, whilst mine have a thousand distinct powers. You 
perhaps ask. What is the use of all this ? I will tell you. As medical 
men, perhaps, I need not inform you that the intensity of the shock is 
no proof of a quantity of fluid, and that by a peculiar arrangement of 
the coil, it is possible to give just as strong a shock with one pair of 
plates as you can with five hundred pairs without the coil. You may 
easily satisfy yourself that the quantity of fluid which travels through 
the body of the patient with the use of one pair of plates and the coil is 
next to nothing, although the intensity of the shock may be tremendous. 
My experience has taught me that without quantity of fluid be made to 
travel through the body as well as intensity. Galvanism does no good. I 
say '' my experience has taught me," and T also say that I believe my 
experience to be greater than all the medical galvanists in London put 


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together, and therefore not to be despised. In the galvanic apparatus 
there are two sorts of intensity, viz., the intensity of the shock and the 
intensity of the direct current without the shock. A single pair of plates 
and a coil will easily produce the former, but the latter cannot be pro- 
duced without a larger number of plates. It is this latter current which 
is so powerful as a remedial agent, for it carries quantity of fluid with. ib. 
I repeat that this latter current is the remedial current, because it con- 
sists of both intensity and quantity. A slight shock is, however, also 
necessary in combination with the direct current. In my apparatus, 
this direct current circulates through the body hetiveen the shocks. 
There are many ways of proving this, and which are pointed out in my 
instructions. Now we will go to the regulating power. These little 
machines have three or four distinct powers ; mine have a thousand 
distinct powers. The shocks from those little machines are fully as 
powerful as from mine, )3ut the weakest power of the two is considerably 
less in mine ; so trifling, indeed, is the weakest power in my apparatus 
that an infant may be galvanised by it without feeling the least incon- 
venience ; and for such delicate organs as the eye and the ear such a 
weak power is indispensable. We will, however, suppose that the 
weakest and strongest powers are the same in both instruments : a lady is 
under the galvanic operation by one of the small instruments ; she feels 
desirous of having the power increased a little ; the next power is applied, 
she screeches, it is too strong, and there is no means of getting the 
power between the two. Now substitute my apparatus for the small one; 
the patient desires an increase of power; it is done, and she feels not the 
slightest inconvenience from it, simply because I have a thousand grada- 
tions from my weakest to my strongest power, and those little machines 
have but three or four gradations. Those persons who have been in the 
habit of using those small machines will now easily comprehend why my 
apparatus is considered so superior to all others. Surely no one of 
common sense, who feels desirous of testing the remedial powers of 
Galvanism, will, for the sake of a few guineas, throw his money away by 
purchasing an imperfect instead of a perfect apparatus. He may as well 
not try Galvanism at oil as try it ucith an ihefficient ajpjparatus. These 
latter remarks I address particularly to invalids ; but how much stronger 
clo they apply to medical men who are appljing Galvanism ! They find 
it fail of ijrodueing those wonderful effects which I have found it pro- 
duce. And why is it ? Simply because they are using an imperfect 

Letter Vii. 
Derangement of the Stomach and Liver the Cause or Various 
Maladies. — That many stubborn complaints arise entirely from the 
derangement of the stomach and liver, is a fact generally acknowledged, 
and yet we frequently find medical galvanists and other practitioners 
neglecting these organs, to appJy their remedies to the parts locally 
affected. Surely, if an invalid who is afflicted with sciatica, tic-doulou- 
reux, headache, d'c, finds his pains decreased when the stomach and 
liver are in tolerably good order, and considerably worse when they are 
?nuch deranged, the prac'itioner, on being informed of these facts, 
would, if he used common sense do all in his power to get these 
important organs into a healthy state ; but in the generality of cases 
they are quite neglected. Some time since a medical man came to me 
with a patient of his, who was suffering from tic-douloureux. He wished 

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me to apply the Galvanism to the p?iiniul parts of the face ; out on my 
asking the lady a few questions, I found the cause of her pains was 
indigestion, and I therefore refused to galvanise her face. He felt 
annoyed at my refusal, and left without having his patient galvanised. 
A few days after this, the lady called on me alone, and informed me that 
her medical man had procured a small apparatus, with which he had 
several times galvanised her face ; that the pains were considerably 
increased, and as she had more faith in my method of applying 
Galvanism, she had determined to place herself entirely under my care. 
I told her I was not at all surprised at her statement, that I well knew 
what the effect of galvanising her face would have been, and that, had 
her medical man but considered for a moment that indigestion was the 
causey and the pains the effect, he would not have meddled with the face 
at all. My method was different, as I confined the galvanic operation to 
the spine and stomach, and administered the power so gently as not to 
cause the least uneasiness. In a fortnight she was free from pain ; she 
remained under my care, however, a month, by which time she was per- 
fectly restored to health. 

Have any of my readers ever been subject to ulcers in the legs or other 
parts ? If so, they must have noticed what a healthy appearance the 
ulcers have, when the liver and stomach have been in tolerable good 
condition for a few days, and just the contrary when they have been more 
deranged than usual. I have frequently seen healthy granulations appear 
in old putrid ulcers of a dozen years' standing, within a fortnight of 
my application of the Galvanism solely to the stomach and liver, and 
eventually have seen them perfectly healed ; and this aft^r all kinds of 
medical treatment had been resorted to. In one case, that of a gentleman 
with an ulcer in his throat, which had defied all the usual medical treat- 
ment, the ulcer commenced to heal from the first operation. Did I apply 
the Galvanism to the ulcer ? No, the patient's liver was in a torpid state, 
and to that organ I confined the operations. An old patient, who intro- 
duced this gentleman to me, informed me that he had been a most 
talented singer, and possessed a sweet tenor voice, but that, since the 
ulcer had been in his throat, he could scarcely sing a note. Wishing to have 
some test to ascertain if any improvement took place, I asked him to let 
me hear what he could do in the way of singing ; but two or three notes 
were all he could manage. The next day after the operation, he again 
tried, and found, to his great surprise, that he could get through an easy 
song. He, of course, was highly pleased, and I, being passionately fond 
of music, was no less so. The following day he managed a song of 
greater compass, accompanying himseK on my piano. In a fortnight 
the ulcer had perfectly healed. 

Had the liver remained in the same torpid state it was in when this 
patient first applied to me, he might have continued the lotions and 
cai: stic, which his medical man had been treating the ulcer with, to this 
day without the least benefit. Galvanism aroused his liver, and the 
ulcer healed. 

I have had numerous patients with ulcers in the legs, arms, neck, and 
various other parts, which have commenced healing as soon as the liver 
began to perform its functions in a healthy manner. 

The liver is the great purifying organ, and if it is deranged in its 
action, the blood remains in an impure state. Galvanism enables it to 
perform its functions in a healthy manner, and then causes the life-current 
to flow to all paints of the system. 

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There are a few cases where the liver and stomach are m tolerably- 
good condition, and yet ulcers exist in the legs, &?.. In such cases, the 
circulation in the limb, or near the ulcer, is always defective, and 
Galvanism, by restoring it, causes the ulcers to heal. If, however, in a 
case of ulcer in the leg, the circulation is ever so perfect, yet, if the liver 
is in a deranged state, the ulcer will not heal ; lotions and ointments may 
cause a crust to form, but it will quickly be thrown off, and the ulcer 
will be as bad as ever. 

Invalids with ulcers of some years duration should procure a good gal- 
vanic apparatus, as patience and perseverance are required in such old- 
standing cases. Invalids who may order the apparatus direct from me 
will be supplied with every necessary information how to apply the 
Galvanism to themselves at their own residences. 

Many parties who suffer from a deranged stomach and liver find that 
their hair becomes very weak and loses its gloss. I am very successful 
in such cases, but I do not galvanise the hair nor the head, but simply 
the stomach and liver. As soon as those organs perform their functions 
in a healthy manner, the hair gains strength and the gloss reappears. I 
have had many ladies under my care who were compelled to use very 
coarse combs in combing their hair, and even then large quantities would 
come out ; as soon, however, as the general health was restored, the roots 
have become quite firm. For eruptions on the head Galvanism is also a 
great remedy. 

Parties whose parents have been paralysed, or those who have any 

threatenings of paralysis, should always have a good galvanic apparatus 

in their houses. My apparatus has saved hundreds of persons from 

being paralysed, and, when applied soon after the attack, has frequently 

restored the patients to health in a few days. 



Does Galvanism produce a youthful appearance ? Yes, and many a 
time have patients made the remark to me, that such is positively a fact. 
I have had many proofs of it lately. I attribute such effect entirely to 
the fact that G4lvanism is a wonderful purifier of the blood, and 


appearance is produced. When I speak of Galvanism, I mean the 
galvanic fluid generated by a good galvanic apparatus, and not shocks 
produced by means of these small torture-inflicting machines which are 
now so common. 


Deaths from overdoses of chloral are now, unfortunately, very common. 
Did invalids know the value of Galvanism in procuring sound refreshing 
SLEEP, they would at once resort to it, and throw aside all dangerous 
narcotics. Every bad sleeper should keep a good galvanic apparatus in 
his house, one that is so constructed as to allow the quantity current to 
flow through the body of the patient, as well as the induced current, as 
any machine, without the quantity current, is quite useless for such a 

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purpose. It is this current in '^ Halse's Galvanic Apparatus " which has 
such a soothing effect. Patients frequently remark to me how refreshing 
their sleep has been since they commenced Galvanism. I am certain I 
have been the means of causing hundreds to leave off taking chloral and 
other narcotics. Many of these cases were very bad ones, one of which 
I will relate : — About a year ago, a lady came to me for an apparatus to 
apply at home for sleeplessness. She was continually taking chloral, as 
she could get no sleep without it. Her husband was in great trouble 
about her, as she had lately to increase the doses so much that he feared 
she would poison herself. She had a peculiar, dreamy, stupefied look 
about her the whole day^ a look well known to those whose friends make 
use of chloral. After much persuasion he prevailed on her to try 
Galvanism. I gave her instructions how to apply the Galvanism to 
herself, and strongly advised her to leave off the chloral. She did so, 
and now has no occasion to resort to it. The small low-priced machines, 
now so common, are quite useless for the purpose of producing sleep. 
Bad sleepers should read page 4 of this pamphlet, and procure a good 
galvanic apparatus at once. 


The late De. Harthill, Master of Surgery of the University of 
Glasgow, had an extensive practice as a medical galvanist. 

In the year 1848 he placed himself under my care for galvanic treat- 
ment, all medicines and so-called Galvanism, applied by means of the 
small galvanic machines, having failed to be of the least service to him. 
His digestive organs were in such a state that food scarcely afforded his 
system any nourishment, so that the vitality of his whole body was 
considerably below par. 

His faith in Galvanism, or in anything else, was but small ; but, 
having met with an old patient of mine who had been similarly afEicted, 
he decided on trying Galvanism by means of Halse's Galvanic Apparatus. 

The result was it cured him, as it had previously cured his friend. 
Dr. Harthill and his friends were so astonished at his unexpected re- 
covery, that he was induced to practice Galvanism in Scotland, He 
published some pamphlets giving the particulars of some most extra- 
ordinary cures by Halse^s Galvanic Apparatus, and also a circular of 
cures of Paralysis, Indigestion, Nervousness, Sciatica, Rheumatism, &c. 

Dr. Harthill, was a frequent contributor to the London Medical 
Journals, and in one of his contributions to the " Lancet " he says, when 
writing of the remedial effects of Galvanism, — ^' I find Halse's Galvanic 
Apparatus suitable to the most timid and nervous patient, and vastly 
superior to those in common use.'' 


" It is not sufficiently known that by means of Halse's Galvanic Apparatus sucli a 
powerful agent as Galvanism can be applied for medical purposes so safely, and free from 
any shock or pain, that it is felt by the patients to be very agreeable and soothing. Yet 
Buch is the case ; and, more than that, large currents of galvanic fluid can be made to 
circulate through the body of the most delicate lady and weakly child without causing the 
least unpleasant sensation, and with the effect of imparting new strength and energy to 
the constitution. This apparatus often succeeds after the common small machines have 

" In submitting to the notice of invalids a few of his testimonials, Dr. Harthill requests 
that it may be borne in mind that he is the only legally qualified medical practitioner 
in Scotland who has studied medical galvanism as a profession, under Mr. Halse, of 
Kensington, London, and devoted his attention exclusively to it ; also that he was the 
first to introduce Halse's Galvanic Apparatus into Scotland, which ho did at Edinburgh 

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in the year 1849. His Puccess since that date is proved, not only by the testimony of 
parties cured, but by the circumstance of medical men themselves becoming patients 
under him, and physicians of the highest eminence recommendmg patients to him," 



" Some medical men still affirm that it is useless to apply Galvanism while the pain is 
in active operation in Rheumatism, Sciatica, and JLumbago. This opinion is correct in 
regard to the common small machines in possession of most medical men, and used in the 
hospitals. In no ailment is the great merit of Mr, Halse's improvement upon the galvanic 
apparatus more clearly apparent than in acute Rheumatism and Lumbago , it relieves 
the pain in a few minutes, and, after being employed for half an hour, the patient often 
walks away without pain, and feels quite better for an hour after the first application. 
The relief continues for a longer and longer period after every application, and the 
attacks become less and less severe till they gradually wear away, and do not manifest 
any tendency to return after the Galvanism is finally discontinued. Gouty swellings in 
the joints of the fingers and toes generally disappear in a few days; but if the swellings 
are hard like stone, no cure of them can be effected." 


" Galvanism cures disease by imparting to the nerves their natural stimulus. How 
can it do this ? may be asked. The answer is simply this : — The nerves of the human 
body, as well as all animal bodies, contain electricity in constant circulation from the 
brain and spinal cord throughout the entire nervous system. The careful and frequently 
repeated experiments of Dr. Wilson Philip and others upon animals have clearly proved, 
to the complete satisfaction of the most distinguished physicians and surgeons in Britain, 
that nervous force and electricity are identical. (See Wilson Philip's book on the ' Vital 
Functions' ; H. Renshaw, publisher, London.) So thoroughly satisfactory are the results 
of the experiments alluded to, that one of the most learned professors in the University 
of Glasgow has recently, in a public lecture, described the Nervous System as a system of 
Vital Telegraphy permeated by electrical currents similar to those produced by the 
galvanic apparatus. 

" The Diseases curable by Halse's Galvanic Apparatus are as follows : — 
Rheumatism, Sciatica Neuralgia, Dyspepsia, Asthma, Headache, Debility, Paralysis, 
Nervousness, Spinal Complaints, certain cases of Deafness and Dimness of Sight, and 
various Nervous Disorders." 


•* Dr. T. J. Graham, of London, in his valuable work. ' Modern Domestic Medicine, 
strongly recommends the employment of Galvanism in various diseases. At page 265 h© 
praises its good effects in Asthma ; and also in Rheumatism, at page 603." 

"Dr. Goldixg Bird, of London, considered Galvanism so important a medicil 
remedy that he delivered a course of lectures upon the subject, by request, and in the 
presence of the leading medical men in the Metropolis. In Guy's Hospita", Dr. Bird 
frequently used Galvanism in Paralysis, Tic-D. uloureux. Chorea, and various nervous 
Disorders. Several successful ca?es are related in his published lectures." 

" Dr. Carstairs, of Buxton, writes that — 'In loss of nervous and muscular power, 
consequent on acute attacks of Rheumatism or Gout, it exerts a very powerful effect, and 
restores the use of the part affected more speedily than any means I am acquainted with. 
Ill various neuralgic a^ffections I have proved its efficacy. A torpid state of the liver and 
stomach have often yiulded to Galvanism when all other means have failed.' " 

" The late celebrated Dr. Thatcher, of Edinburgh, gave Dr. Harthill the following 
certificate : — 

' Edinburgh, May 8, 1852. — I have much satisfaction in stating that I was under Dr. 
Harthill's care for some week«, with considerable advantage in diminishing many very 
unpleasant symptoms of oppression at the chest, and general weakness. His skill, atten- 
tion, and kindness were extreme; and the galvanic treatment as applied by him (by 
Halse's Galvanic Apparatus), is most safe and beneficial ; and in a greater variety of cases 
than is usually supi^osed — whether of mal-organisation or function of different organs — 
it strengthens the nervous and circulating systems ; and in Palsy, Weakness of the Spine, 
aud Nervous Complaints, often performs miracles 

*JoHN Thatcher, M.D., 
'FelZoTf of the Eoijal College of Physicians &c.' 

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The following are tlie names of a few of the leading- medical men in Scotland who 
have patronised De. Harthill's new mode of galvanic treatment, by recommending 
patients to him. 

Edinburgh. — Professor Henderson, the late Dr. Duncan, and Dr. Newbigging, of 
Heriot Row ; also the late Doctor French, C.B., Inspector-G-sneral of Hospitals. 

Glasgow Universitt. — Professors Allen Thomson, Pagan, Cowan, M'Farlane, 
Easton, and Buchanan. 

In the North of Scotland. — Professor Rainy, of Aberdeen University; Dr. Ross 
of Elgin ; Dr. Manson, of Banff. 


" Medical men as well as invalids, have often complained that Galvanism failed to 
produce benefit in cases similar to those which had been cured by it. The reason why 
Galvanism often fails to benefit patients is not unfrequently owing to want ot perseverance. 
Many severe case*, cured by its means, showed no symptom of benefit till after it had 
been daily applied for half-an-hour at a time for fully three weeks. Now, in all cases, if 
the Galvanism is not regularly applied, no benefit need be expected. But the most com- 
mon cause of failure arises from the use of machines tha^ are unsuited for medical pur- 
poses, seeing that diifei'ent forms of electricity are evolved from the many different kinds 
of apparatuses in common use ; and some of these forms of electricity are wholly useless 
for the cure of disease. For instance, one instrument maker constructs his galvanic 
machine with copper and zinc plates ; another uses silver and zinc ; a third has no plates 
at all in his machine; a fourch boasts that his machine contains neither binding screws 
nor conducting wires ; a fifth uses neither plates nor wires ; a sixth makes up a machine 
nearly all wires together, being without plates and without acid : while a seventh asserts 
that his machine is self-acting, needs no acid, and contains neither plates, screws, nor 
wires ! Can any one, therefore, be surprised when some of these machines are found to be 
of no use for medical purposes? Considering the essential difference in their construc- 
tion, the wonder would rather be at the possibility of the machines beiag all intended to 
be used for medical purposes. Indeed, no fewer than four different kinds of elec- 
tricity are produced b» the various machines in use. Hence some makers call them 
galvano-electric, some electro-magnetic, and other names designating the kind of elec- 
tricity supplied." 


" The erroneous supposition that any one galvanic or electric machine is as good as 
another has fostered tfie corresponding error that any person may use a machine for 
medical purposes ; consequently. Galvanism has frequently been brought into disrepute 
through the blunder committed, either by invalids themselves, or by incompetent persons 
applying it. Scarcely a week passes but Dr Harthill is consultei by persons who had 
been using Galvanism, sometimes for months, without any benefit, and who, in the course 
of a few days, under his treatment from Halse's apparatus were so much benefited that 
their ailments soon ceased to trouble them." 


" The function of the stomach is to digest the food. When the stomach is unable to 
digest the food, a variety of unpleasant feelings arise at the pit of the stomach ; in the 
head and throughout the system, a general feeling of unhappiness and prostration is 
experienced. As a weak state of the stomach is always accompanied with difficult diges- 
tion, therefore, the weaker the stomach comes the less able is it to digest the food. The 
crude badly digested matters often fermeat and disengage quantities of gas; this is the 
cause of the flatulence and distention so much complained of by many. These crude 
matters become heated in the process of fermentation, and cause the disagreeable gnaw- 
ing sensation called heartburn, amounting in some cases to actual pain. The excessive 
irritation thus set up in the stomach ispropogated by the nerves to the brain, which often 
becomes subject to oppression, alfecting the sigtit and hearing, also causing partial loss of 
memory, depression of spirits, severe headache, nervousness, general debility and in- 

" Sometimes the accumulation of badly digested food turns acid, and seeks vent by 
the mouth, to the great relief of the sufferer. 

" The liver is sometimes disordered by the- mere irritation of the contents of the 
stomach; too much or too little bile may be secreted, according to the constitution and 
state of the patient. The remaining portions of the badly-digested food at last find their 

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way into the intestines, wliich in turn become disordered, the bowels in some cases being 
constipated, in others loose and irregular." 


"*A complete hypochondriac, a gloomy creature, a lazy good-for-nothing person'; 
such are a few of the names by which the unfortunate sufferer from indigestion is called 
by people who never suffer themselves. The uncured individual, after having patiently 
taken all the drugs and followed all the rules prescribed as to diet, exercise, &c., very 
naturally a-ks if there is really no remedy for indigestion. He is sometimes coolly told 
that everything has been done that could be done ; and sufferers from stomach complaints 
usually have * long life and ill-health/ The poor sufferer sometimes asks : ' Might I try 
the water cure ? ' * No, no,' is the common reply. * Would Galvanism be of any use ? ' 
• It might kill you^' was the answer of a doctor to a lady who asked the question ; but, 
notwithstanding the forbidding answer, the lady tried the Galvanism applied by Dr. 
Harthill, and was cured thereby ! " 


" The common small machines supply Galvanism from one pair of plates, with a 
strong and disagreeable sensation, without any perceptible heat. As the heat-producing 
property of Galvanism requires a number of pairs of plates, Halse's apparatus gives the 
Galvanism with a mild, pleasing sensation, imparting a genial warmth to tne entire 
system, whilst, by concentrating the current, the coldest paralytic limb may be rendered 
warm and comfortable." 


" Dr. Harthill says : — * The reason of the success of Halse's apparatus, after other 
galvanic machines have failed, is thus clearly apparent ; not only does Halse's machine 
supply a large amount of heat, but it supplies a large quantity of galvanic fluid, whilst at 
the same time the shock i-? reduced to a minimum. The common small machines with 
one pair of plates are radically defective in three particulars:— (1) The amount of heat 
produced is too trifling to be appreciated by the patient ; (2) The quantity of galvanic 
fluid is far too small to be of any use except in some very slight ailments ; (3) The shock is 
so severe as to forbid its application in many ailments which are daily being cured by 
Halse's apparatus, such as giddiness in the head, cerebral disorders, palpitation of the 
heart, indigestion, nervous excitement, and various inflammatory complaints. In answer 
to these statements, it may be asked. How can the quantity of galvanic fluid be too small, 
while the shock is too great, from the small machines? This question seems a plausible 
one, but the answer is quite simple. The galvanic fluid produced by the silver and zinc 
plates is one agent, and the shock produced by the intervention of the coil is another. 
Twenty-eight pairs of plates, without a coil of copper wire or electro-magnetic multiplier, 
give no shock at all — the sensation is less by more than one-half that produced by a single 
pair of plates with the coil. The shock current, therefore, is produced by the coil — the 
common coil is defective in allowing too strong a magnetic or shock current to pass into 
the body of the patient. Mr Halse's coil, or regulator, is constructed upon a new princi- 
ple by which the shock current is couuteracted and modified to such a mild degree that 
the patient may be galvanised Tsdthout being conscious of it." 


Dr Harthill, in alluding to Indigestion and Nervousness, says : " In no ailment is 
the advantage of Mr Salse's Galvanic Apparatus more apparent than in Dyspepsia or 
Indigestion ; and its great value for medical purposes, and superiority to all other gal- 
vanic machines, could not be better proved than in cases of this distressing ailment. The 
anembers of the medical profession, as a rule, seldom think of recommending Galvanism 
for indigestion, although they advise its use in paralysis and a few other comp aints; 
i;hey know that the action of the common small machines vdth which they are acquainted 
is exciting, and if applied to the stomach, most disagreeable f-ffects would follow. But, 
nnfortunately, they are too often ignorant of the great improvement which Mr. Halse 
effected upon the galvanic apparatus whereby the shock ic counteracted, and when applied 
to the region of the stomach, the sensation, instead of being exciting, is so soothing, that 
it relieves an excited nervous patient in a few minutes, and so agreeable that a person 
may read a book, write a letter, or even sleep during the operation." 

Dr. Harthill has also in the Circular a list of Extraordinary Curei which were 
effected by means of Halse's Galvanic Apparatus. 





Warwick Lodge, 40, Addison Road, Kensington, London, 


Mr Halse is constantly in receipt of testimonials from patients who 
have been cured by means of his apparatus, and many have expressed 
surprise that he does not publish them ; but, as he has had many proofs 
of the fact that the public look with great suspicion on the generality of 
testimonials, he has declined to publish fresh ones for many years 
past. The following are a few selected from his former pamphlets. 

Invalids who require more testimonials, or references to patients, 
must apply to other practitioners, as Mr. Halse refuses to give them. A 
successful practice of forty tears^ duration ought to be a suflB.cient 
testimonial for the most sceptical of invalids. 

The following letters are well worth reading. They are a proof of the 
extraordinary curative power of Gralvanism by means of " Halse's Gal- 
vanic Apparatus'' after every other remedy and other galvanic machines 
had failed to be of the least service. 


All persons prejudiced against G-alvanism should read the following letter : — 

Haselor, near Alcester, June S, 
Mr Halse. — Sir,— The second case of paralysis in your pamphlet, is very similar to 
mine. I have but very little power in my feet and legs, and am not able to stand alone, 
or walk the shortest distance without some one holding me by one arm, and having a 
stick in the other hand. My medical man has been applying Galvanism for months, but 
with no effect. I do not get any power in my legs. When I attempt to walk, my knees 
give way, and I am ready to fall in an instant. I have a sensation as if a band was 
round my body — I mean round my stomach, which at times gives a burning feeling. It 
began with a numbness in my legs, and afterwards I began to loose the power of walking. 
I have a numb feeling as far as the fourth rib up my body. I have very little expelling 
power either of my water or motions. My medical man recommends me to lie on mj 

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back, and not to be dressed. Since I have read your pamphlet, I be^-in to think whether 
the G-aivanism that has been used on me is the correct thing-. Two sorts have been tried 
on me. Sometimes they will work, and at other times they will not work at all. My 
physician says it is paralysis from an iujured spine, but I cannot give any cause for my 

Please give me your candid opinion as to whether you think your apparatus would 
do me good; and, if so, whether there is any ne -essity for you to see me, as I am quite 
unable to leave home. I may tell you tuat I have spoken to my doctor about your appa- 
ratus, but he does not advise me to have one. I, however, do not feel satisfied with my 
present treatment, and, therefore, shall be glad to have your opinion of my case. An 
answer will oblige. — Your obedient sei'vant, 

Samuel Lane. 

On receipt of the above letter, Mr Halse immediately replied that he thought it just a 
case for Galvanism, if administered by means of a good apparatus. Also that there was 
not the least occasion for Mr Lane to come to Lonnoti, as full instructions would be sent 
to him with the apparatus to enable him to galvanise himself. An apparatus was then 

Many parties similarly afiiicted will exclaim, " Can it be possible that this paralysed 
invalid got cured ? Can Galvanism possess powers to make such an invalid ever again 
enjoy the blessings of health? My physicians have tried all their skill on me without 
the least benefit. Galvanism surely cannot effect cures uhei e the mo?t eminent men fail." 
In reply to such an invalid's doubts, Mr Halse has permission to insert the following 
letter, so that paralysed sufferers may judge for themselves : — 

Haselor, near Alcester, Dec 28. 

Mr Hal'^e.— Sir,— It is with much pleasure I write to inform you of the marvellous 
effects produced by means of your galvanic apparatus, under the blessing of God. You 
know what a deplorable case mine was, as I explained everything to you when I sent to 
you for your machine. If you remember, I had lost all muscular power, and all feeling 
in the lower part of my body, from my fourth rib to my feet, and I had but little expel- 
ling power either of my urine or motions. I had a sensation as if a band was round my 
body. I used two small galvanic machines for some months, but without any benefit 
whatever. In June I purchased from you one of youi- machines, and used it according 
to your directions until September, when I was so far recovered as to be able to discon- 
tinue it. I am thankful to say I am now quite well. You are at liberty to make my case 
public if you think well. 

Believe me to remain, your grateful patient, 

Samuel Lane. 

Here is a case which had baffled ail the usual remedies, and also Galvanism applied! 
by the patient's medical man by means of two small machines The patient, getting tired 
of this trifling, sent the particulars of his case to Mr Halse, and ot dered from hi 'n one 
of his machines. Full instructions were sent to him, how his wife or servant should 
apply the Galvanism to him , when, within a few days after commencing the use of it, 
an improvement was noticed ,and before a fortnight had expired, the distressing want of 
the expelling power, both of urine and motions, had disappeared. Let the reader of this 
imagine a fellow creature with the whole of the lower part of the body, from the waist to 
the feet, all but dead, and he will consider it impossible that an invalid so terribly afflicted 
can ever be restored to health. Such a cure was probably never accomplished by the 
usual medical treatment ; but Galvanism, applied by means of Halse's Galvanic Apparatus 
and according to Mr Halse's instructions, has effected many such cures. Mr Lane, the 
gentleman who was so terribly afflicted, lately called on Mr Halse to thank him for his 
all but miraculous cure. He stated that the cure was perfect, and that he was quite as 
well as ever he was. 

As Mr. Lane's medical man had been trying two small galvanic machines on him for 
months, without producing the least beneficial tff'ec^, it may be asked why they did no 
good ? The answer is. Simply because they are quite useless as remedial agents. Invalids 
are now throwing aside these torture-producing machines, are ordering Halse's appa- 
ratus instead, are receiving from it the vital galvanic current in a gentle stream, soothing 
and strengthening the whole nervous and muscular systems. 

Invalids who order machines from Mr Halse, receive the fullest written instructions 
how to apply them, with remarks as to diet, &c. ; and as Mr Halse has had about forty 
years' extensive practice as a medical galvanist amongst all classes, from the duke to the 
Inec>^anic, it may well be supposed that advice from such an experienced practitionei-, as 
to what part of the bor'y the galvanic current should be applied, must be an important 
aid in making cures. Let anyone ask himself how he can pos>ibly obtain snch advice 
from parties who simply sell machines and do not practice. Such a thing is an absurdity. 
" Practice makes i erfect." In all probability Mr Halse has had a greater practice than 
all the other galvanists put together ; and hence the reason of his making such extra- 
ordinary cures in cases where other practitioners fail 

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The following- cose will also prove the great value of HALSE'S GALVANIC 
APPARATUS, after other galvanic machines had failed of doing the least good :— 


Dr, Bennett Gilbert, the well-known composer, perfectly recovered from his paralytic 
attack by m^ans of HALLE'S GALVANIC APPARATUS. The followl.ig is a copy of 
the letter he has sent to Mr, Halse : — 

London, 10, South Terrace, Grosvenor Park, S. 

(Since removed to " Elder Villa, Gipsy Road, Lower Norwood, near London.") 

My dear Sir, — I have lately read the particulars of your extraordinary cure of Mr 
Lane, of Alcesten As my restoration to health was just as unexpected as his, I have con- 
s dered it my duty to allow you to make my case public, if you think proper to do so. I 
presume you remember what a deplorable case of paralysis mine was, as I described 
everything to you when I procured your apparatus. "Well, up to that time I had tried all 
the usual remedies, as well as a variety of small galvanic machine?, but all was unless; 
indeed, worse than useless, as, instead of getting better, I was daily getting worse, my 
whole nervous system having been thrown into such a state of excitement that I could 
not get any sleep. Half my body was nearly dead to feeling, and as cold as a stone. I 
c<?uld just crawl by the aid of two sticks, and T had a sensation as if a hoop was round my 
hody. In this melancholy state I applied to you for your a.pparatus, and having diligently 
used it for several months, and strictly attended to your instructions, my sleep has i-e- 
turned, my general health has become as good as ever it was, warmth is restored, and my 
paralvsis cured. I return you my most grateful thanks, for I solemnly believe vou save<l 
my life. Being a public man, my case was pretty well known ; but if, by publishing all 
or part of this letter, humanity may be benefited, I shall consider I have not suffered in 
vain. — Yours sincerely, 

Benkett Gilbert. 

It will be noticed that in Dr. Bennett Gilbert's case, as well as in that of Mr Lane's 
not only all the usual remedies had been tried for paralysis, but also a variety of tho 
small cheap galvanic machines, without, however, producing the least beneficial effect. 
Halse's Galvanic Apparatus cured both. 

The operation of Halse's apparatus is to produce a large stream of galvanic electricity, 
wi^^hout any unpleasantness. Hence the reason of its working such extraordinary cures, 
after other machines fail. 


another Extraordinary Cure. 

The following testimonial is from Mr Sydney Davis, the celebrated provincial actor 
and dramatic author, late of the Theatre Royal, Newcastle-on-Tyne : — 

My dear Sir,— Eight years ago I w^as attacked with severe pains and general debility, 
whiclL, notwithstanding the careful attention of many medical men of high standing, of 
Newcastle, Sunderlancl, Scarborough, Edinburgh, and elsewhere, continued to increase : 
so much so, that five years since I was so far reduced in strength as to be compelled 
frequently to assist myself by holding on to the walls, areas, &c. Every week I grew 
worse, and staggered likc' one inebriated ; the touch of a child would have upset me. At 
this ticne (now five years past) I went under a course of Galvanism for nine months, but 
my pains and weakness continued. After this I tried galvanic baths, to no greiter 
purpose, as well as the small galvanic machines, but without the least benefit whatever. 
Altogether, I spent from £700 to £800 about my case. All proved perfectly useless. I 
now considered my case hopeles, and made up my mind to endure my sufferings. In 
August last, the extraordinnry cures effected by means of your galvanic apparatus came 
under my notice, and after much hesitation I decided on sending to you for one of them. 
In a few days it was in my possession, when I applied it according to your written and 
printed instructions. The first application satisfied me as to the superiority of your 
machine over all the others I had tried. Yours soothed me, the others irritated ; the 
sensation from yours was invigorating and painless — not so the others. I followed up 
the use of the apparatus for six weeks, when not only my agonising pains left me— pains 
which had tormented me for a space of eight years, and which had baffled the skill of all 
who had prescribed for me — but my strength commenced gradually to return, and has 
continued increasing to the present' time. In short, I can now walk from eight to nine 
miles between meals with but little fatigue. Thinking it a duty to suffering humanity 
at large to have a case like mine known, you are at liberty to make what use you think 
fit of this acknowledgment. 

I remain, my dear Sir, yours gratefully and obliged, 

Sidney Davis. 

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It will be noticed that Mr. Sjdney Davis had tried a variety of galvanic contrivances 
before applyingr to Mr. Halse, but with the same result as other parties had met with, 
viz., failure. After spending between £700 and £800 about his case without deriving any 
benefit, he might well consider his case hopeless. Well, he got worse and worse ; every, 
thing he tried had a bad effect on him, and his medical advisers were completely at a loss 
what to do. On the principle of a drowning man catching at a straw, he ordered one of 
Halse's machines, and from the first day he used it he began to improve. 

A remark he makes in his letter is well worthy of notice. It is therefore quoted. 
He says, "The first application (of the apparatus) satisfied me as to the superiority of 
your machines over all the others I had tried. Yours soothed me, the others irritated ; 
the sensation from yours was invigorating and painless — not so the others," 

Nearly everyone who has used other machines, and who has atterwards used Halse's, 
makes the same remark. If there were not a vast difference in galvanic machines, why do 
Halse's maJce such extraordinary cures after other machines fail ? 


Extraordinary Recovery of a Lady from Rheumatism and Paralysis. 

Mr, W. H. Halse. — Dear Sir, — If you consider a testimonial of any service from one 
who was by all her friends counted as among the dead, and whose death was daily ex- 
pected, I beg of you to make use of this letter in any way you may proper. A more 
marvellous recovery was never heard of. The facts are as follows: — My illness com- 
menced, four years since, with rheumatism, the pains being of the most agonising descrip- 
tion, sHch as no one can form any idea of but those who have been similarly afflicted. My 
medical man was sent for, and everything was done for me that he could think of. As I 
derived no benefit, I consulted others, but all with the same result. Indeed, I consulted 
most of the medical men for 20 miles round ; but the more medicine I took the worse I 
became, until at last all power in my limbs was gone. I became completely paralysed, 
and lay in bed as one dead. The little nourishment I could make use of was put into my 
mouth by the nurse, and in this way life was retained for a period of ten months. My 
brother, Mr John Lewis, of Tyddnyndn, Llanwnen, Carmarthen, now heard of the 
extraordinary effects produced by your galvanic apparatus, and, notwithstanding the 
opposition he met with, and hints on the presumption to believe that any earthly power 
could ever be of service to me, he ordered one from you. This was last autumn. What I 
am now about to state wUl, I fear, vrith difficulty be credited. In three weeks after 
commencing the Galvanism, power was restored to my arms — yes, I could now help myself 
to my food. In another week power returned to my legs, and I was now able to leave my 
bed, to which I had been confined for ten months. You may easily imagine how thankful 
to the Almighty I felt. From that hour I have continued to improve, and strength is 
rapidly returning. I do but think what misery I might have saved myself if I had applied 
to you in the first instance. I now rise every morning at nine o'clock, and take gentle 
walking exercise. The first time I rode out with my brother many of my old friends 
could scarcely believe their eyes — they looked on me as one risen from the dead — indeed, 
my marvellous recovery is the talk of the whole neighbourhood. Make this letter as 
public as you please.— I remain, dear Sir, your truly grateful patient, 

Eleanor Davies, Trebanne Ceilan, near Lampeter, Cardiganshire. 


Although Mr. Halse has frequently known cures made by means of his apparatus in 
cases where he did not hold out the least hope to the patients, he confesses that this case 
<quit€ astonished him. It is more like a miracle than a cure by n-atural means. The 
patient's brother, Mr John Lewis, in his first letter says, " My sister has the appearance 
of one de^d." In his last letter he says, " Had I not seen this extraordinary effect of 
your apparatus with my own eyes, I could never have believed it." 

As usual, every means were tried to prevent him from ordering the apparatus : — " It 
was throwing money awayj" "everything has been tried that could possibly do your 
sister any good;" "she was dying;" "great presumption," &c. Well, suppose the 
apparatus had failed it would simphj have been ten guineas added to the various medical hills. 
Galvanism, applied by means of Halse's apparatus and according to his instructions, 
•cannot pos&ihly do any harm, if it does no good. "While there is life there is hope." 
Galvanism should be tried. 

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Another Great Cure by Halse's Galvanic Apparatus. 

Providence Cottage, St John's Road, Faversham. 

Dear Sir, — I notice that your patients are sending- you testimonials. Allow me to 
add mine, and to thank you, under the blessing- of God, for my restoration to health. 
Yes, I have cause to be thankful, as I firmly believe I owe my life to the extraordinary 
effects of your galvanic apparatus. Some years since, I became very ill with a violent 
cold and shortness of breath, which brought on inflammation of the right lung. I pro- 
cured the best medical advice, and took a great deal of medicine, but all was useless. My 
weakness increased, and my breathing and cough became so bad that I expected to be 
choked every moment, and my nerves were in such a state that I could not bear for 
any one to speak to me. My legs now became so very weak, icy cold, numbed, and 
clammy, that I could scarcely stand on them. At this time my medical men told me 
plainly that they could do nothing more for me. I now decided on doing that which I 
ought to have done long before, viz., to send to you for your galvanic apparatus. . I 
did so, and in a few days was receiving its health-giving streams. My disease was 
quickly arrested in its progress, and in six months my legs regained their strength, the 
cough and difficulty of breathing vanished, and my shattered nervous system regained 
its healthy tone. Some years have now elapsed since I procured your apparatus. Its 
beneficial effects have been permanent. I am the father of twelve children, and always 
galvanise them when they are ill, even the baby. I have also galvanised many of my 
friends, and have succeeded in restoring them to health, after all medicines and various 
galvanic contrivances (including these small torture-producing machines, as you justly 
call them) had been tried in vain. 

Youi's, gratefully, 

James Liqhtpoot. 

To Mr. W. H. Halse, 40 Addison Road, Kensington. 


In the above case, Mr. Lightfoot states that when any of his children are ill (even 
the baby), he galvanises them. The fact is " Halse's Galvanic Apparatus " can be 
regulated to such a nicety, that even the eye can be galvanised by means of it, without 
producing the least unpleasantness. Every one who has tried it is satisfied of its great 
superiority over all other machines manufactured. 


Extraordinary Curative Effects of " Halse's Galvanic Apparatus." 

A Clergyman of the Church of England, aged 58, has given Mr Halse permission to 
make the following letter public for the benefit of suffering humanity, and, although 
neither the reverend gentleman's name nor address is mentioned, Mr Halse is authorised 
to supply any one who may be similarly afflicted with both. 

The patient ordered one of " Halse's Galvanic Apparatuses" on the 29th of November, 
1869, and in his letter described his case so as to enable Mr Halse to write him full direc- 
tions how best to galvanise himself. 

His case may be briefly described as a DEFICIENCY of VITALITY, DISTRESSING 
LIVER COMPLAINT, and a LOSS of REFRESHING SLEEP, the complaint being of 
above three and a-half years' duration. All medicine had failed to arrest the progress of 
the complaint, although he had, during his three and a-half year's iUness, been attended 
by his own medical men, and by eminent physicians in London. In short, everything had 
failed to have the least beneficial effect, until "Halse's Galvanic Apparatus" was had 
recourse to, when the vital fluid was supplied to the nervous, debilitated, and (to use the 
reverend gentleman's own expression in the following letter) dead-alive invalid. Truly» 
such a state of existence may well be called " Dead-alive." 

Mr Halse now submits the letter for the perusal of invalids similarly aflBioted. 

3rd January 1870. 
My Dear Sir, — It is with much thankfulness to the Giver of all good that I write to 
inform you of the great benefit I have derived from the use of your galvanic apparatus. 
You sent it off five weeks ago to-morrow, and I received it on Thursday. I used it the 

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game evening. The pensation I liked very much, and proceeded as you directed in your 
letter. The machine worked and still works beautifully, and g-ives no trouble. I am 
thankful to say the result is more than, from my sadly prolong-ed suffering state. I could 
have hoped for, for I can pronounce myself well! ! As I told you in my first letter, my 
walking and other powers were in a very low state, the least exertion being too much for 
me. Had I not been providentially directed to your remedy, I know not what might have 
been the consequenoe even by this time. I am thankful to say all the miserable sensations 
I told you of are gone, and I now eat with healthy appetite ; my food does not oppress ; 
the load w^hich seemed continually on me is lifted off ; I can walk with my old elastic step ;';^ 
run up stairs (which I had not done for thi-ee years and eight mouths) ; can read with i 
ease for long periods together, and aloud; and also write with ease. In my first letter I . 
mentioned the great difficulty I had either to read or write. All these are blessings which I ] 
could hardly believe I should ever know again. May I be truly and rightly thankful for them t 
all ! I assure you my recovery appears liRe a resurrection f i-om the grave, for mine was such ■• 
a dead-alive state — not like life, but a truly miserable existence. I had tried remedy after <• 
remedy for more than three and a-half years, but never with any alleviation, and last q 
year was in London for advice, but I might as well have remained at home with my f 
country doctor. I am quite pleased to contribute this statement. I do not wish to have \ 
my name made public, but at the same time I should not object to be referred to, to j 
substantiate, if necessary, the truth of all I have written, and if anything should occur to- i 
bring me to London, I shall make it a point of calling on you to thank you in person, as the ? 
means, under G-od, of restored health. I wish you all success in the enlarged use of your i 
remedy. — I remain, my dear Sir, yours faithfully, 


Suffering invalids and prejudiced medical men should well ponder over the above \ 
extraordinary cure. "What are the facts? — Here is a case in which all the usual remedies; | 
(and prescribed, too, by the most eminent of the medical profession) had completely | 
failed, and in which Galvanism administered by means of " Halse's Galvanic Apparatus" I 
proved perfectly successful. Continued illness succeeded the treatment by medicines ; 
a restoration to health succeeded the treatment by Galvanism. Surely the invalid | 
similarly afflicted, and his medical attendant, having both leai-ned by experience how 1 
useless medicines have proved, should away with them, and resort to Galvanism instead. I 
Will they do so ? Many will ; it w^ould be better for them if they a!l did. | 

Fortunately this gentleman was latterly attended by an unprejudiced medical man^ 
one who doubtless understood the great remedial properties of Galvanism. Had he not 
reason for his recommendation, when he saw his patient, restored to health in five weeks 
by Galvanism, after medicine had failed to do the least good in three and a half years ?" 
Kot only did Galvanism restore the patient to health, but it prevented what in all- 
probability would have occured, viz., the form of a paralysis known by the name of 
*'Paraplegic Palsy," the gradual loss of power and elasticity in his legs being forerunners , 
of it. 

The most eminent of the medical profession are now become converts to the value of 
Galvanism as a remedial agent, and surely it is time that the non-eminent ones should 
follow their example. If they will not, invalids or their friends should use their own 
common .=ense, and say at once, " Medicine has had a fair trial and has proved useless. Let 
Galvanism be now resorted to." Eminent meoical men recommend Galvanism hecause they 
have studied it, and are daily witnessing its woiiderful curative powers; non-eminent medical 
men do not recommend it hecause they Icnow nothing whatever about it. ': 

If invalids require more proofs of the curative powers of Galvanism let them read Mr 
Halse's pamphlet, where they will find effects produced by his apparatus which appear . 
more like miracles than cures by natural means. ] 

Yes, after all medicines and other galvanic machines had failed to produce the least 3 
beneficial effect, HALSE'S GALVANIC APPARATUS restored the patients to health. | 

Invalids and medical men who may feel desirous of knowing why *' Halse's Galvanic i 
Apparatus " succeeds in making cures after other galvanic machines fail, should read his ' 
first letter on medical galvanism in his pamphlet. They will see the difference between 
his machines and those trumpery torture-producing machines which many medical men 
and many invalids use simply because they are sold at a low price. 

If Galvanism is tried at all, it should be by means of a good apparatus, in which the 
quantity current flows through the body of the patient as well as the shock current, and 
which can be regulated to the greatest nicety. To do otherwise is simply trifling with th& 
greatest remedial agent in nature. 


In one of Mr. Halse's former pamphlets he mentioned the particulars 
of the cures of two paralytic patients, whose recovery was quite as extra- 
ordinary as the former ones. He again inserts their cases, but as many 
years have elapsed since the cures were made, he omits both names and 
addresses ; both were, however, given in the former pamphlet. One 

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party, it will be seen, sent a letter to the Editor of tlie Exeter Flying 
Post, stating the particulars of his case, and, as the cure was such a 
remarkable one, he asked the rector of his parish, who knew every 
circumstance of it, to put his name to the letter as a witness to the 
truth of his statements. This the rector did, and the letter appeared in 
the Exeter Flying Post with his name to it. 

I The following is the letter : — 


'' A Letter to the Editor of the ' Exeter Flying Post/ by one who has 
derived immense benefit from the power of the galvanic apparatus. 

''Mr. Editor, — A few weeks since I noticed a paragraph by you 
stating that Galvanism ought to be more generally employed ; I beg to 
state that I am precisely of the same opinion, for I have witnessed its 
astonishing effects in a number of cases, and its power has been tried 
practically on myself, with the happiest results. In that paragraph I was 
most happy to find favourable mention made of Mr. Halse's name ; all that 
you have said of him, and even more, is his due; indeed, as for myself, I 
have cause to bless the day that I first placed myself under his care. 
Now, sir, my case was a most deplorable one, for I had not the least use 
of either ARM or leg, they hung about me like as if they did not belong to 
me, and the strength of my legs was insufficient to support the weight 
of my BODY ; of course I could not stand, and if you had offered me a 
thousand guineas to move either hand but one inch from the place where 
it might have been placed I could not have done it ; not the least command 
had I over my limbs. My complaint was caused by a blow in the back. 
Well, 9.S before stated, I placed myself under Mr Halse's galvanic treat- 
ment, y had been led to believe that it was a dreadful operation to go 
through ; but I was agreeably surprised to find that there was no un- 
pleasantness at all about it, not even enough to make a child cry, so 
beautifully does Mr. Halse manage his battery. In three days. Sir, I 
could stand on my legs, and in one week I could walk about the house ; 
at the same time I also partially recovered the use of my arms, and in six 
weeks I could walk several miles a day without the least assistance. Well 
might you ask ' Ought not Galvanism to be more resorted to ? ^ After 
what I have seen and experienced, I do consider it a shame that a portion 
of the medical profession should decline to recommend their patients to 
try the powers of Galvanism. Perhaps I need not state that I had had 
the advice of the most celebrated physicians in this country ; but all the 
medicines which were tried did me little or no good. I believe Mr. Halse 
was as much surprised as myself and friends, when, at the expiration of 
a week, he saw that I could walk, for he did not lead me to believe that 
there would be such a rapid improvement. I will state that invalids are 
very much to blame if they do not give Galvanism a trial, for if it does 
NO GOOD, it is impossible IT CAN DO ANY HARM ; but there is every 
probability of its doing good, for during the time I was under Mr. Halse's 
care, I noticed its happy effects in a variety of cases, particularly 
Sciatica, Eheumatism, Asthma, and Nervousness; indeed, all his 
patients were rapidly regaining their health. I only regret that I had 
not applied to him earlier ; I should have been many scores of pounds in 
pocket had I done so. 

" I am. Sir, your obedient servant, 

«G. E. B,'* 

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The next extraordinary cure was on a Mr. B., a builder, of Pimlicol 
but as the family does not now reside there, Mr. Halse omits both name 
and address. They were, however, stated in the old pamphlet, as it wag 
the wish of the patient to have his case made public. 

The following is the extract from the old pamphlet, with name 
omitted : — 


"The gentleman on whom this remarkable cure was performed was 
Mr. B., a retired builder, of Pimlico. It is well worthy the attention of 
medical men (particularly those who scoff at GpJvanism) and paralytic 
invalids. Mr. B. kindly allowed me to publish his case for the benefit of 
the public at large — an example worthy the imitation of thousands of 
others who have been restored to the blessings of health by the all but 
miraculous powers of Galvanism, after every other remedy had failed. 
The case will scarcely be credited by a great number of readers. Mr. B. 
was paralysed in every limb, and was as helpless as a baby, as every limb 
was quite powerless. He could therefore neither walk, nor even stand. 
He was conveyed in the arms of his servant from his carriage into one of 
my operating rooms. When I first saw him, I must confess that 1 con- 
sidered the case hopeless. Hr>wever, his faith was very great, owing to 
his having been recommended to me by an old patient of mine who had 
been similarly afEicted. He was therefore determined to try it ; in short, 
it was his last resource, as the most eminent medical men in London had 
been in attendance on him without being of the least service to him ; on 
the contrary, he was daily getting worse. As he could not come to me 
daily, I advised him to purchase one of my ten guinea apparatuses, and to 
galvanise himself at home, according to my instructions. He consented to 
it, took the apparatus away with him, and promised to attend strictly to 
the instructions, and also to the diet I recommended him. Between three 
and four months elapsed, when one morning a gentleman descended from 
his carriage, walked into my reception room, and desired to speak to me. 
He appeared surprised that I did not know him, and told me that he was 
Mr. B., who purchased an apparatus from me three or four months since. 
I now remembered the whole case, and so astonished was I, that I could 
not at first satisfy myself that it was the same Mr. B. whom I had 
previously seen. He had become quite stout, had a healthy look, and was 
capable of walking several miles without the least assistance whatever. 
What is the more remarkable in this case is, that every known remedy had 
been resorted to, and had failed. It was left to my galvanic apparatus 


From the Christian World. 

Galvanism in Cases of Paralysis and Eheumatism. — The extra- 
ordinary cures effected by means of "^ Halse's Galvanic Apparatus,'^ of 
Paralysis and Eheumatism, have lately attracted great attention, the 
more so as in many cases all other remedies, and other galvanic machines, 
had been previously resorted to without the least beneficial result. As 
Galvanism is now generally admitted to be a great remedial agent, how 
is it, we would ask, that it is not more resorted to ? We know that some 
medical men have recourse to it; but they generally use machines which 
are quite useless as remedial agents. Surely, novv* that " Halse's; Galvanic 

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Apparatus'* is admitted by medical men to be the best macS 
invented for medical purposes, it is the duty of medical pyactitionel 
when they employ Galvanism, to either use his apparatus ar one equS 
to it. Or, if invalids apply Gralvanism to themselves, conipon sense^ 
should dictate to them the necessity of having an apparatus iivhich has 
stood the test of experience ; for it is well known that Halse's Apparatus 
succeeds in making cures after other galvanic machines have been 
proved to be perfectly useless. We have just read a letter written by a 
distinguished nobleman to Mr. Halse, speaking in the highest terms of 
his apparatus. His Lordship's words are : — The machine in itseK is 
admirable, and so infinitely superior to any other that has come under 
my notice, that I am bound to speak of it with unqualified praise. I 
have received great benefit from the use of it." 
Invalids should not be persuaded against trying *^' Halse's Galyanie 
Apparatus," simply because their medical men or others Lave been 
trying other machines on them, and have found them useless ; nor 
should they listen to the silly remark frequently made, that " Galvanistu 
from one machine is quite as effectual as from any other machine." 
Such an assertion is simply nonsensical, as every practitioner who has 
been in the habit of using Halse's apparatus well knows. "Facts are 
stubborn things ;" and the facts respecting Halse's galvanic apparatus 
are, that the foregoing cases prove heyond the possibility of a douht that his 
machines succeed in maTcing cures in cases where other machines not only 
fail, hut prove positively injurious. How can this be accounted for, if the 
effects of all machines are the same ? Mr. Halse has frequently known 
his machines cure cases of paralysis in which the medical men have ^ 
insisted that Galvanism would be quite useless, ''as the patients were 
suffering from either a softening of the brain or spine." Their recovery 
was an evident proof that they were suffering from neither. 


Mr. Halse has had an apparatus brought to him by an invalid which 
was sold to him as being "Halse's Galvanic Apparatus." In appearance 
it was a very good imitation, the box being of the same size, and the 
regulating apparatus very similar in shape, &c., to the genuine article, 
with the exception of there having been no name on the dial, which, | 
however, was imitated in every other respect, as regards size, pattern, 
and figures. On examining the apparatus, Mr. Halse found it to be 
perfectly useless as a remedial agent, it 'having been constructed on 
precisely the same principle as the small cheap machines, which have 
been the cause of bringing so much discredit on Galvanism by invalids, 
who, for the sake of cheapness, have been using them. If invalids or 
medical men resort to Galvanism, they should surely make use of a 
perfect apparatus, such as "Halse's Gulvanic Apparatus," or not resort 
to it at all. Invalids should be particular to see that Mr. W. H. Halse's 
name and address are on the dial plate. — For further particulars see 
cover at the beginning of pamphlet. 

Invalids are continually wiiting to Mr. Halse to know if he lends out 
galvanic machines on hire ; also to know if he has any second-hand ones 
for sale. His reply to both questions is, "No." The prices of his 
apparatus are ^£10 10s. and £6 10s., the cash to accompany the order. 
He does not supply any other sort. 

WM. H. HALSE, Professor of Medical Galvanism/ 

Warwick Lodge, 40, Addison Road, Kensington, London, (